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Native American Codfish Mythology

Codfish were an important food item for coastal Native American tribes, but do not play a very important role in Native American mythology. When codfish appear in Native American legends, their role is usually simply as something that other characters are eating or fishing for. Some Nuu-chah-nulth tribes tell the story that a lunar eclipse is the result of a codfish trying to swallow the moon. Some Native Alaskan fishermen make a special offering of the first cod they catch each season, similar to how it is done for salmon and halibut. Codfish is used as a clan crest in some Northwest Coast tribes, such as the Tlingit, and can sometimes be found carved on totem poles.

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Native American Legends About Codfish

*Raven and His Grandmother:
    Aleut legend about the trickster Raven cheating the people at cod fishing.

Recommended Books of Codfish Stories from Native American Myth and Legend

Native American Animal Stories:
    Great collection of American Indian tales about animals, told by Abenaki storyteller Joseph Bruchac.



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