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Native American Badger Mythology
Badgers have often been confused with wolverines in Native American folklore-- not by the Native
Americans telling the stories, but during their translation into English. While wolverines often are
villains or negative characters in Native American folklore, the same is not true of
badgers, who are usually portrayed as hard-working, cautious animals or as protective parents.
Among the Pueblo tribes, badgers are considered one of the six directional guardians, associated
with the south and the color red. The Zunis ascribe healing and protective powers to badgers
and carve stone badger fetishes to protect them and bring them luck.
Badgers are also used as clan animals in some Native American cultures. Tribes with Badger
Clans include the Hopi (whose Badger Clan is called Honnangyam or Honan-wungwa) and
the Pueblo tribes of New Mexico.
Native American Badger Gods and Spirits
Honan Kachina (Hopi)
Native American Legends About Badgers
Lakota Badger Story:
Sioux Indian legend of a spirit warrior who rescues a hard-working badger family from a greedy bear.
Recommended Books of Badger Stories from Native American Myth and Legend
Badger, the Mischief-Maker:
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Book of Canadian Indian legends about a trickster Badger (actually Kekwajoo/Lox).
Spirits of the Earth: A Guide to Native American Nature Symbols, Stories, and Ceremonies:
Book by a Karuk elder about the meanings of Indian animal spirits, including a chapter on badgers.
Native American Animal Stories:
Engaging collection of American Indian tales about animals, told by Abenaki storyteller Joseph Bruchac.
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