The MYTHOLOGIES OF THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES OF NORTH AMERICA comprise
many bodies of traditional narratives associated with religion from a
mythographical perspective. Indigenous North American belief systems
include many sacred narratives. Such spiritual stories are deeply
based in Nature and are rich with the symbolism of seasons, weather,
plants, animals, earth, water, sky and fire. The principle of an all
embracing, universal and omniscient
Great Spirit , a connection to the
Earth, diverse creation narratives and collective memories of ancient
ancestors are common. Traditional worship practices are often a part
of tribal gatherings with dance, rhythm, songs and trance (e.g. the
sun dance ).
* 1 Algonquian (northeastern US, Great Lakes)
* 2 Plains Natives
* 3 Muskogean (Southeastern US) and Iroquois (Northeastern US)
* 4 Alaska (United States) and
* 5 Northwestern US and Western
* 6 Uto-Aztecan (Southwestern US and Mexico)
* 7 Other southwestern US
* 8 Central America
* 9 South America
* 10 See also
* 11 Bibliography
* 12 External links
ALGONQUIAN (NORTHEASTERN US, GREAT LAKES)
From the full moon fell Nokomis - from The Story of Hiawatha,
Abenaki mythology – Religious ceremonies are led by shamans,
called Medeoulin (Mdawinno).
Anishinaabe traditional beliefs
Anishinaabe traditional beliefs – A North American tribe located
primarily in the
* Cree mythology – A North American band most commonly found west
Ontario in the
Canadian Prairies ,although there are tribes located
Northwest Territories and
Lenape mythology – A North American tribe from the area of
the Delaware River.
Blackfoot mythology – A North American tribe or band who
currently live in
Montana . Originally west of the Great
Alberta as participants in Plains Natives
* Crow mythology – A North American tribe who currently live in
southeastern Montana. The shaman of the tribe was known as an Akbaalia
Lakota mythology – A North American tribe originally located in
The Dakotas , also known as the
Pawnee mythology – A North American tribe originally located in
Nebraska , United States.
MUSKOGEAN (SOUTHEASTERN US) AND IROQUOIS (NORTHEASTERN US)
Iroquois mythology (Five Nations )
Cherokee mythology – A North American culture situated in the
southeastern United States and in
Choctaw mythology – A North American culture in the southeastern
United States and Oklahoma. Originally from the
Mississippi , Alabama
Creek mythology – A North American culture in the southeastern
United States and Oklahoma. Originally from the Alabama, Georgia , and
Florida area. The shaman was called an Alektca.
Ho-Chunk mythology – Ho-Chunk and Winnebago are North Americans
tribes which were once a single tribe living in
Wyandot religion – A North American people (sometimes referred
to as the Huron) originally from
Canada , and surrounding
Seneca mythology – A North American people, one of the Five
Nations of the
Iroquois Confederacy from the northeastern United
ALASKA (UNITED STATES) AND CANADA
Inuit mythology – A North American people culturally similar to
other peoples of the polar regions .
NORTHWESTERN US AND WESTERN CANADA
* Kwakwaka\'wakw mythology
Lummi – A North American tribe from the
Pacific Northwest ,
Washington state area.
* Salish mythology – A North American tribe or band in Montana,
Idaho , Washington and
British Columbia , Canada.
UTO-AZTECAN (SOUTHWESTERN US AND MEXICO)
Miwok mythology – A North American tribe in Northern California
Ohlone mythology – A North American tribe in Northern
Pomo mythology – A North American tribe in Northern California.
Ute mythology - A North American tribe located in both
northwestern and southwestern United States.
OTHER SOUTHWESTERN US
Diné Bahaneʼ (Navajo ) – A North American nation from the
southwestern United States.
Hopi mythology – A North American tribe in
Zuni mythology – A North American tribe in
New Mexico .
* Aztec , an ancient Central American empire centered in the valley
* Mayan , an ancient Central American people of southern Mexico and
northern Central America.
* Olmec , an ancient Central American people of south-central
Mexico, in the present-day states of
* Purépecha , a Central American people centered around Lake
* Chilote , the cultures of Chono and Huilliche , who live on the
Chiloé Archipelago , off the coast of southern
* Guaraní , an indigenous people of the Gran Chaco , especially in
Paraguay and parts of the surrounding areas of
* Inca , a South American empire based in the central Andes mountain
* Mapuche , an indigenous people of the
Southern Cone , especially
Chile and some regions of
* Muisca , the indigenous people of the
Altiplano Cundiboyacense in
the modern Eastern Ranges of the Colombian Andes
Earth-maker myth , Native American, California.
* Colin F. Taylor (1994). Native American myths and legends.
Smithmark Publishers, Incorporated. ISBN 978-0-8317-6290-2 .
* Sam D. Gill; Irene F. Sullivan (1994). Dictionary of Native
American mythology. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-508602-7 .
* Diana Ferguson (2001). Native American myths. Sterling Publishing
Company Incorporated. ISBN 978-1-85585-824-4 .
* Dawn Elaine Bastian; Judy K. Mitchell (2004). Handbook of Native
American Mythology. ABC-CLIO. ISBN 978-1-85109-533-9 .
* Fred Ramen (2008). Native American Mythology. The Rosen Publishing
Group. ISBN 978-1-4042-0738-7 .
* Tom Lowenstein; Piers Vitebsky (2011). Native American Myths and
Beliefs. The Rosen Publishing Group. ISBN 978-1-4488-5992-4 .
* Hartley Burr Alexander (2012). Native American Mythology. Dover
Publications. ISBN 978-0-486-12279-3 .
* Lewis Spence (2012). Native American Myths. Dover Publications.
ISBN 978-0-486-11235-0 .
* Q. L. Pearce (2012). Native American Mythology. Lucent Books. ISBN
* Apache Texts
* Chiricahua and