Coyote and Opossum appear in the
stories of a number of tribes.
Although a section on Mythology is no substitute for a section on
Native American Religion, Native 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. Actual practices vary.
Tribal/National Spiritual Practices
- Abenaki A North American tribe
located in the falang northeastern United States.
Religious ceremonies are led by shamans, called Medeoulin
- Anishinaabe A North American
tribe located primarily in the Great Lakes
- Aztec. A Mesoamerican empire centered in the valley of
A North American tribe who currently live in Montana.
Originally west of the Great Lakes in Montana and Alberta as
participants in Plains Indian culture.
- Cherokee. A North American
culture situated in the southeastern United States and in
- Creek A North American nation
from the southeastern United States. The shaman was called an
- Crow A North
American tribe from the Great Plains area of the United States. The shaman of the
tribe was known as an Akbaalia ("healer").
- Guarani A
South American people of the south-central part of South America, especially the native peoples
of Paraguay and parts of
the surrounding areas of Argentina, Brazil, and
and Winnebago are North Americans tribes which were once a single
tribe living in Wisconsin.
- Hopi A North American community
located in the southwestern United States.
- Incan A South American empire
based in the central Andes mountain range.
- Inuit A North American people
culturally similar to other peoples of the polar regions.
- Lakota A North American tribe,
also known as the Sioux.
- Lenape A North American tribe
from the Delaware area.
- Lummi A North American
tribe from the Pacific Northwest,
- Mapuche, A
South American culture of Chile and some
regions of Argentina.
- Maya, A Mesoamerican people of
southern Mexico and Northern Central America.
- Miwok mythology, A North
American people in Northern California.
- Navajo A North American nation
from the southwestern United States.
mythology, A North American people in Northern California.
- Pawnee A
North American tribe originally located in Nebraska, United States.
- Pomo mythology, A North American
people in Northern California.
- Seneca A North American people,
one of the Five Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy from the
northeastern United States.
- Wyandot A
North American people (sometimes referred to as the Huron)
originally from Ontario, Canada, and