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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 ).

CONTENTS

* 1 Algonquian (northeastern US, Great Lakes) * 2 Plains Natives * 3 Muskogean (Southeastern US) and Iroquois (Northeastern US) * 4 Alaska (United States) and Canada
Canada
* 5 Northwestern US and Western Canada
Canada
* 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, 1910

* 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 Great Lakes
Great Lakes
* Cree mythology – A North American band most commonly found west of Ontario
Ontario
in the Canadian Prairies ,although there are tribes located in the Northwest Territories and Quebec
Quebec
. * Leni Lenape mythology – A North American tribe from the area of the Delaware River.

PLAINS NATIVES

* Blackfoot mythology – A North American tribe or band who currently live in Alberta
Alberta
and Montana
Montana
. Originally west of the Great Lakes in Montana
Montana
and Alberta
Alberta
as participants in Plains Natives culture. * Crow mythology – A North American tribe who currently live in southeastern Montana. The shaman of the tribe was known as an Akbaalia ("healer"). * Lakota mythology – A North American tribe originally located in The Dakotas
The Dakotas
, also known as the Sioux
Sioux
. * Pawnee mythology – A North American tribe originally located in Nebraska
Nebraska
, United States.

MUSKOGEAN (SOUTHEASTERN US) AND IROQUOIS (NORTHEASTERN US)

* Iroquois mythology
Iroquois mythology
(Five Nations ) * Cherokee mythology – A North American culture situated in the southeastern United States and in Oklahoma
Oklahoma
. * Choctaw mythology – A North American culture in the southeastern United States and Oklahoma. Originally from the Mississippi
Mississippi
, Alabama , and Louisiana
Louisiana
area. * Creek mythology
Creek mythology
– A North American culture in the southeastern United States and Oklahoma. Originally from the Alabama, Georgia , and Florida
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 Wisconsin
Wisconsin
. * Wyandot religion – A North American people (sometimes referred to as the Huron) originally from Ontario
Ontario
, Canada
Canada
, and surrounding areas. * Seneca mythology – A North American people, one of the Five Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy from the northeastern United States.

ALASKA (UNITED STATES) AND CANADA

* Haida mythology * Inuit mythology
Inuit mythology
– A North American people culturally similar to other peoples of the polar regions . * Tsimshian mythology

NORTHWESTERN US AND WESTERN CANADA

* Kwakwaka\'wakw mythology * Lummi
Lummi
– A North American tribe from the Pacific Northwest , Washington state area. * Nuu-chah-nulth mythology * Salish mythology – A North American tribe or band in Montana, Idaho
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 California. * Pomo mythology
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
Diné Bahaneʼ
(Navajo ) – A North American nation from the southwestern United States. * Hopi mythology
Hopi mythology
– A North American tribe in Arizona
Arizona
. * Zuni mythology – A North American tribe in New Mexico