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Alligators tend to play the role of dangerous and stupid villains in most Native American folklore, often being outwitted by weaker but cleverer characters such as Rabbit. In some folktales, Native American alligator spirits are sent to attack people or spy on them by evil sorcerers. But in a few Southeastern tales, Alligator plays a more benevolent role, sharing his hunting power with humans who treat him respectfully. The Muskogee (Creek) tribe and their relatives the Seminoles even have an Alligator Clan as one of their major clans (called Halpadalgi or Vlpvtvlke in the Creek language.) Some southeastern tribes, such as the Caddo and the Seminole, also have an Alligator Dance among their tribal dance traditions.
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