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Native American Cricket Mythology

Crickets play a variety of different roles in Native American folklore. In many South American tribes, the chirping of crickets is considered to bring good luck. In the Western United States, it is just the opposite: crickets are considered bad luck in many tribes, especially if they get inside the house.

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Cheyenne hunters believed that crickets could predict the movements of the buffalo herds. In Southeastern tribes such as the Cherokee, cricket legends sometimes depict them as plucky animals who succeed at things despite their small size. And in Mexico, crickets sometimes make an appearance in traditional stories as... food! (Roasted crickets and grasshoppers were a traditional delicacy in many Mexican tribes, and are still enjoyed by some people there today.)

Native American Cricket Gods and Spirits

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Native American Legends About Crickets

*Mohegan Cricket Story:
    Small Algonquian folktale about Cricket's impertinence causing him to be burnt black.
Why Opossum's Tail is Bare:
    Cherokee Indian legend about Rabbit and Cricket punishing the possum for his vanity.

Recommended Books of Cricket Stories from Native American Myth and Legend
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The Opossum's Tale:
    Children's book illustrating a Cherokee Indian story about Rabbit and Cricket tricking Opossum out of his tail.
Spirits of the Earth: A Guide to Native American Nature Symbols, Stories, and Ceremonies:
    Book by a Karuk elder about the meanings of animal spirits, including a chapter on American Indian crickets.
Insect Mythology:
    Interesting book on the role of crickets and other insects in world mythology, including Native North America and Mesoamerica.
Native American Animal Stories:
    Great collection of American Indian tales about animals, told by Abenaki storyteller Joseph Bruchac.

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