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Native American Legends and Stories About Fire

Fire is also used as a clan symbol in some Native American cultures. Tribes with Fire Clans include the Hopi tribe (whose Fire Clan is named Kookopngyam) and the Pueblo tribes.

Native American Fire Spirits

Shulawitsi Kachina (Hopi)

Native American Fire Stories

How Wolverine Was Frozen:
    Wabanaki story about a reckless trickster figure paying the price for misusing the gift of fire.
Nukumi and Fire:
    Mi'kmaq legend about Robin bringing the first fire to the demigod Kluskap.
*Manabozho and the Theft of Fire * Manabush Steals Fire * How the Birch Tree Got Its Burns:
    Ojibwe and Menominee legends about Nanabozho and the origin of fire.
How Tol-le-loo Stole Fire:
    Miwok legend about Mouse stealing fire from Robin.
*Crow Brings the Fire * Rainbow Crow:
    Lenni Lenape myths about the origin of fire.
How the Rattlesnake Learned to Bite:
    Pima legend about the origins of death, fire, and burial customs.
Iyash and the End of the World:
    Severn Ojibwe legend about the World Fire which resulted in the destruction and rebirth of the world.
*How Dogs Came to Live With the Indians:
    Menominee legend about Dog's abandoned attempt to steal fire from the people.
*Creation and Longevity:
    Achumawi legend about Coyote bringing fire to the people.
*The Search for Fire * Flint-Man, Fire, and Loon-Woman:
    Pit River legends about how Dog stole fire from Fire-Woman.
*Ababinili and the Humans:
    Chickasaw myth about the Creator assigning Fire and other elements roles to play in the lives of the people.
*The Monster Who Came Up The River:
    Cayuse legend about Coyote using fire to slay a monster that was causing a famine.

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
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Beaver Steals Fire:
    Lively legend about the origin of fire, presented by the Salish and Kootenai tribes.
How The Robin Got Its Red Breast:
    A Sechelt legend about how Robin saved the people by keeping their fire from going out.
Rainbow Crow:
    Picture book illustrating a Lenape legend about the origin of fire.
Frog Brings Rain:
    Bilingual children's book illustrating the Navajo legend of how Frog saved the first people from a great fire.
Opossum and the Great Firemaker * Why Opossum Is Gray:
    Picture books based on a South American legend about Opossum bringing fire to the people.
How Hummingbird Got Fire: Rumsien Ohlone Stories:
    A California Indian legend about the origin of fire.
Nanabosho Steals Fire:
    A nice retelling of a Chippewa Indian legend about the origin of fire.

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