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Native American Garter Snake Mythology
In some tribes, garter snakes (also known as garden snakes) are symbols of jealousy or dishonesty; to other tribes,
they are a symbol of water. In the traditions of the Arapaho Indians, garter snakes are associated with the Sun Dance and are
represented in the hoop of the tribe's sacred Medicine Wheel.
Native American Legends About Garter Snakes
The Sun Dance Wheel:
Arapaho myth about the garter snake and the origins of the Sun Dance.
Recommended Books of Garter Snake Stories from Native American Myth and Legend
Spirits of the Earth: A Guide to Native American Nature Symbols, Stories, and Ceremonies:
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Book about the meanings of Indian animal spirits, including a chapter on garden snakes.
Native American Animal Stories:
Excellent collection of American Indian tales about snakes and other animals, told by Abenaki storyteller Joseph Bruchac.
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