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Indian Lore Four
Native American Folklore & Superstition:
Animals & Celestial Bodies
Animals

     Kathlamet- Birds all have different coloring because long ago, the girls of a village found a bright piece of copper of many colors. They took it to the village, and distributed it among the villagers, who were birds; each bird got a different color.

     Seneca- When a person loves a dog, he or she receives great power.

     Seneca- If you mistreat a dog, harm will come to you soon.

     Lakota- The hawk’s spirit is responsible for swiftness & stamina.

     Puyallup- The calling loon indicates good fishing luck for the day.

     Lakota- Frogs symbolize occult power.

     Iroquois- Eagles are responsible for calling game to hunters, and they can occasionally restore life.

     Tanaina- If you meet a “Hairy Man,” a large, hair-covered man-like creature who lives in the mountains, do not harm him and he will be helpful to you.

     Seneca, Iroquois- During the Mid-Winter festival, there is a danger of being possessed by an animal spirit; this is not a permanent possession and is more a source of humor than concern.

     Tsimshian- An owl flying over a man’s head means he will die soon.

     Lakota- The male Elk is a symbol of sex and sexual prowess.

     Ogala- Horses were rubbed down with sage to protect them during battle or the hunt.

     Tlingit- Wooden whales are carved & carried for good fishing luck.

     Arapaho- Owls occasionally kidnap children.

     Ojibwa- The call of the loon is thought to say, “I want to marry!” and foretells upcoming marriage to young boys.

     Iroquois- At the New Year’s festival, special strawberry jam is eaten to honor the spirit of the Bear.

     Dunne-za- Swans can fly straight up to heaven and back without dying.

     Lakota- Sometimes the spirit of a person’s deceased horse or dog will stay with its owner.

     Lakota- Powdered turtle heart is a powerful medicine.

     Okanagon- Rattlesnakes never bite anyone who respects & honors their spirit.

Celestial Bodies

     Tsimshian- The Sun is made of copper; therefore copper is sacred to the Sun.

     Tillamook- Lunar eclipses are caused by the Moon’s distraction from shining, because he is talking to spirits.

     Various- Unlike many European cultures, quite a few Native American tribes consider the Sun to be feminine and the Moon to be masculine.

     Various- The Milky Way is the road taken by the dead to heaven.

     Various- The shadow on the Moon is from the shade of a great oak tree from which the dead get their food.

     Pawnee- The Sun’s fire is replenished regularly by his brother, Morning Star (Venus.)

Native American Lore-
Introduction & Credits

            Native American Lore-               
Children, Life & Death (page 1)

Native American Lore-
Hunting & Ceremony (page 2)

Native American Lore-
Healing & Natural Phenomena (page 3)

Native American Lore-
Plants, Women & Gender (page 5)

Native American Lore-
General (page 6)


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