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Native American Egret Mythology

Egrets are associated with peace and harmony by many tribes, and play the role of mediator or wise elder in some legends. In southern tribes like the Cherokee, egret feathers were associated with peace and were worn by diplomats and ball players (as opposed to eagle feathers, which were worn by warriors.)

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Native American Legends About Egrets

*The Bird Tribes:
    Cherokee legend about the creation and symbolism of egrets and other birds.

Recommended Books of Egret Stories from Native American Myth and Legend

Spirits of the Earth: A Guide to Native American Nature Symbols, Stories, and Ceremonies:
    Book by a Karuk elder about the meaning of Indian animal spirits, including a chapter on egrets.
Native American Animal Stories:
    Great collection of American Indian tales about animals, told by Abenaki storyteller Joseph Bruchac.
Flights of Fancy: Birds in Myth, Legend, and Superstition:
    A good book on the role of birds in world mythology, including North and South America.



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