Native American Legends and Stories About The Great Spirit
"The Great Spirit" is the English translation of the name of the creator god in many Native American traditions, particularly
Algonquian and Siouan tribes. Since Algonquian tribes were the first Native American cultures encountered by English speakers, "Great Spirit"
became a common term referring to Native American creator deities in general, and was also frequently used as the word
for "God" in translations of Christian texts into Native American languages. Indeed, many Native American people consider the
Great Spirit and the Christian God to be one and the same. Other Native American people are less receptive to this idea,
believing that today's notion of the Great Spirit was mostly constructed by missionaries. The truth is probably somewhere in the
middle-- many Native American tribal traditions definitely did include some form of Great Spirit in their creation myths and religious
rituals, but some tribes never had such traditions until after colonization. And in other tribes, while there had always been the belief in a
Great Spirit or Great Mystery that provided order to the spiritual world, this belief system became significantly altered after contact with
Christianity and modern conceptions of the Native American Great Spirit may not be a very accurate representation of the original Native spirituality.