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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.
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