Native American Mythology
Native American culture is very diverse between tribes and nations. Common themes include: respect of life, nature, and ancestors. Myths are oral and will often…
2 boys become blind and crippled from a rockslide. They become a burden to their poor family and leave. They go looking for godly help and Talking god find and helps them, because's hes their father. They set a curing ceremony in a sweat lodge. They don't get cured at first because they broke the no talk rule, but they appeased the gods with gift and were healed. They are now Spirit Guardians of thunderstorms and animals.
At first there was only water and a small piece of ground where Eagle and Coyote lived. Turtle came to them and they had him swim to the bottom of the water. He barely touched it with his foot and now the earth seemed washed out. Coyote looked at his nails and found a grain or earth. He and Eagle took the grain and spread it out to hoe big earth is today and 6 men/women. They sent pairs away in separate directions, but then found that they were eating the earth. So Dove made earth/human multiply
The first me came from the sky and were off spring of Thunderbird. Thunderbird laid eggs on Saddle Mountain (in modern Oregon), and an giantess rolled five of those eggs down the mountain. Five men, each a different color, were born from those five eggs. So then they were in the valley. When the men were in the valley, they found women there and pulled them out of the rocks. That was the beginning of the Chinook people.
There was another world before this one, but they did not behave. So Creator sent wind and rain and cracked the earth until only Kangi the Crow was left. Kangi wanted a new world so Creator sent a Loon, a Otter, and a Beaver to retrieve mud from under the flood waters. Only Turtle finally did this. Creator shaped the mud and laid it out just big enough for Kangi and himself. He then used 2 eagle feathers to spread the earth wide. He then cried and created the water. Humans and animals came later
Wakan Tanka, whose spirit was in the first god, Lnyan (rock). Nothing but Han existed and Lnyan wanted to show his powers. So out of his blood he created Maka (earth) and the blue waters. From the waters Skan (sky) was created. Skan create darkness from Han ans Wi (sun) from Lnyan, Maka, and the waters. He made Wi shine and the world was hot. They were there four gods, bu the God of Gods is Wakan Tanka (who created Kindred Gods –humans) Superior, Associate, Kindred, God-like
Old Man came from the South, making the mountains, prairies, and forests as he passed along. He made the birds and animals also. He traveled northward, making things as he went along, putting red paint in the ground here and there, making it all as we see it today. Old Man covered the plains with grass for the animals to feed upon. He marked off a piece of ground and in it make all kinds of roots and berries to.Created a woman and son, then left and promised to come back. (Blackfoot)
Long before the world was created there was an island, floating in the sky, upon which the Sky People lived. One day one of the Sky Women realized she was going to give birth to twins. She told her husband, who flew into a rage and pushed he to the water below, where the sea animals saved her. They got mud from the water and spread it on the turtle (NA). She gave birth to Sapling who was kind and Flint who was not. Flint lost their fight and had to live in the turtle forever. (Iroquois)
Two brothers, Chata and Chicksah led the original people from a land in the far west that had ceased to prosper. The people traveled for a long time, guided by a magical pole. Each night, when the people stopped to camp, the pole was placed in the ground and in the morning the people would travel in the direction in which the pole leaned. After traveling for an extremely long time, they finally came to a place where the pole remained upright. Chicksah took half the people North, Chata stayed.
At first there was water. All animals lived above it until one day Dayuni’si volunteered to explore the water. He went everywhere and could find no earth so he dived but all he found was mud. This expanded into the earth we know. Then an animal attached the earth to the sky with 4 strings. The land was too soft and so they sent Buzzard to go prepare it but he grew tired and his wings hit the earth and created the Cherokee mountains and valleys. The animals then decided to create a sun.(Cherokee)
When the waters forced the ground up from the deep Raven stabbed it with his beak and fixed it into place. This first land was just big enough for a single house and a by a single family: a man, his wife and their son, Raven. The father had a bladder hanging over his bed. After much pleading by Raven the father allowed the boy to play with it. While playing Raven damaged the bladder and light appeared. The father not wanting to have light always shining took the bladder; day and night. (Inuit)
A father forces his young daughter to marry a dog. When the marriage turns sour, the father drowns the dog. Then a bird disguised as an ugly man takes her away to be his wife, but the father goes to retrieve her. The bird produces a storm to capsize his boat if she isn’t returned to him. The father tries to do just that, but the daughter clings to the boat, so he chops her fingers off at the joints. She falls into the sea and her fingers created different types of seals. She becomes Sea Spirit.
Plains culture believes in a "happy hunting ground" after death, were there is an abundance of game. However, the Iroquois believe the dead do not eat and are judged by a "great spirit" (similar to Egypt). Status will determine your place in afterlife and could be with living through games and dances. Apache had no clear belief in the afterlife, because they stayed focused on living.
People of the Plains lived in the Great plains, but were nomadic. They had tall grass and few trees. Their main source of food was Buffalo and men hunted/protected while women cooked and made clothes/Tepees.Everything in nature had a spirit and medicine men had special knowledge of the spirit world.
A crow, who turned out to be Black God, was taking all the game. So the natives turned someone into a puppy and left them for the cow to take. When he did the puppy knocked the porcupine guarding his gate out and opened it so all the animals could escape and also gave them a sense of smell.