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Native American Legends: Above People (Sky-Beings)

Name: Above People
Also known as: Sky People, Sky Beings
Tribal affiliation: Blackfoot
Native names: Sspommitapiiksi, Spomi'tapiiks, Spomi-tap-ksi, Spomi-tapi-ksi
Pronunciation: Varies by dialect; usually spum-mih-tuh-peek-sih.
Type: Sky spirits, stars

The Above People, or Sky Beings, were the first creations of the Blackfoot god Apistotoke. The first Sky Being created was the Sun, Natosi, who is highly venerated by Blackfoot people. Other Sky Beings include the moon goddess, Komorkis, the immortal hero Morning-Star, and all the stars in the sky. The Above People are said to have their own land and their own society above the clouds.


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Above People Stories

*Poia and the Sky Beings * Star Bride:
    Stories about a Blackfoot woman who fell in love with Morning Star and tried to live with him in the Above World.
*The Snake With Big Feet:
    Blackfoot legend about the Above People granting a snake's wish to become human.

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends

Mythology of the Blackfoot Indians:
    Collection of traditional Blackfoot legends and folktales, including several about the Above People.
Indian Legends from the Northern Rockies:
    Anthology of folklore from the Blackfoot and other Northern Plains tribes.

Additional Resources

 Story of the Blackfoot People
 Blackfoot myths
 Siksika language
 Montana tribes
 Plains Indian languages
 The Algonquian tribes



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