Native American Stories about People Who Married Animals
To properly understand these stories, it is necessary to be aware of the nature of the animals that appear in
Native American myths-- specifically, that animal spirits frequently assume human form in the mythology of
many Native American tribes. Just as nature gods like the Sun or Morning Star can marry mortals and
father heroes, so can animal spirits like bears and wolves. They are not understood to be literal animals,
but emissaries from the animal kingdom. Sometimes their human spouses are even surprised to learn their
true identities later (showing clearly that they did not have the physical form of animals when they first met!)
Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
A delightful children's book telling an Apache folktale about a woman who married an antelope.
The Frog Princess:
Picture book based on a Tlingit folktale about a girl who married a frog.