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Native American Farming Mythology

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

Native American Farming Gods and Spirits

Maasawu (Hopi)
Mondawmin (Ojibway)
Selu (Cherokee)

Native American Legends About Farming

The Three Sisters:
    Native American legends from the Northeast Woodlands about the cooperation of Corn, Squash and Beans.
Indian Summer * Nibunalnoba, the Indian Summer:
    Abenaki-Penobscot legends about a humble farmer being rewarded with a magical Indian Summer.
*Wunzh, Father of Indian Corn * Mon-Daw-Min * The Legend of Indian Corn:
    Ojibwe legends about how Native Americans learned to plant corn.
*The Union of Corn and Bean:
    Ottawa Indian legend about why corn and beans are always planted together.
*Legend of the Potawatomi Indians: * The Origin of Corn and Other Crops:
    Potawatomi stories about the first crops.
*The Coming of Corn:
    Sauk legend about the origin of corn, beans, and tobacco.
*Snake-Woman Distributes Seeds:
    Caddo legend about how Snake-Woman brought agriculture to the people.

Recommended Books of Farming Stories from Native American Myth and Legend

Ziiniyah: How The Corn Was Saved:
    Lovely picture book illustrating a Navajo Indian legend about a boy who goes on a quest to save his people's crops.
Buffalo Bird Woman's Garden:
    Interesting book about Native American farming traditions narrated by a Hidatsa woman.
Four Seasons of Corn:
    Well-done photoessay on the importance of corn farming to the traditional lives of the Hochunk people.



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