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Native American Autumn Mythology

The autumn or fall season is the traditional harvest time for most Native American tribes, and autumn is associated with the corn goddess in many east coast tribes. Spiritually, autumn is considered a symbol of change in many North American tribes. The Pueblo Indians and some California tribes such as the Hupa hold special Autumn Dances as part of their tribal dance traditions, and the Hopi have traditionally considered autumn a favorable time of year for weddings.

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Native American Autumn Gods and Spirits

*Baw-waw-gi (Algonquin)

Native American Legends About Autumn

*Indian Superstitions And Legend:
    An excerpt from Potawatomi author Simon Pokagon's autobiography, including a legend about the four season sisters.
*They That Chase After The Bear * Chasing the Bear:
    Fox legend about the origin of the autumn leaves.
*The Hunting of the Great Bear:
    A similar Iroquois legend about a bear hunt that began the autumn season.
*Why The Leaves Have Many Colors: * Rainbow and the Autumn Leaves:
    A Wyandot (Huron) autumn legend.

Recommended Books of Autumn Stories from Native American Myth and Legend

Little Herder in Autumn:
    Children's book depicting traditional Navajo life during the autumn season.
The Autumn Equinox: Celebrating the Harvest:
    Picture book describing autumn folklore and ceremonies around the world, including Native North America.
The Leaves of Autumn: An Oneida Indian Legend:
    Retelling of an American Indian autumn myth for children.
*Fall Foliage: The Mystery, Science, and Folklore of Autumn Leaves:
    An interesting book about autumn leaves including stories about autumn from Native American and other world mythology.



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