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Native American Legends and Stories About Droughts

Here is our collection of Native American legends and traditional stories about drought.

Native American Drought Spirits


Native American Drought Stories

The Water Famine:
    Penobscot Indian story about a monster frog that caused a deadly drought.
How the Beetles Produced Rain:
    Hopi Indian legend about how the black beetles ended a drought.
*When Raven Was Killed:
    Athabaskan legend about a drought caused by murdering a trickster Raven.
*The Flood:
    Caddo legend about a drought that turned into a flood when the people disrespected the animal spirits.

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
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The Magic Hummingbird:
    Beautiful picture book by a Hopi author, illustrating a Native folktale about a hummingbird that saved the people from drought.
Coyote and the Grasshoppers:
    Picture book illustrating a Pomo Indian myth about grasshoppers ending a drought.
Weather Legends: Native American Lore and Science of Weather:
    Collection of weather myths from various tribes, including a chapter on drought.

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