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Native American Forest Mythology

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

Native American Forest Gods and Spirits

*Atuwoskonikehs (Maliseet)
*Bigfoot (various tribes)
Boqs (Northwest Coast)
Chiye-Tanka (Sioux)
*Makiawisug (Mohican)
Matekanis (Lenape)
Maxemista (Cheyenne)
*Mikumwess (Wabanaki)
*Puckwudgies (Wampanoag)
*Sasquatch (Coast Salish)
Seatco (Chehalis)
Stick Indians (Northwest Coast)
*Woodsman (Alaskan Athabaskan)
Woods Elves (Sioux)

Native American Legends About The Forest

*California Big Trees:
    Paiute Indian legend warning against the danger of cutting down the forest.
*The Meesink Story:
    Lenape legend about the supernatural protector of the woodlands.

Recommended Books of Forest Stories from Native American Myth and Legend

*The Enchanted Amazon Rain Forest: Stories from a Vanishing World:
    Collection of Native stories and legends about the rain forest from indigenous South American people.
Rabbit Plants the Forest:
    Picture book illustrating a Cherokee Indian story about Rabbit helping Saloli the squirrel tend the forest.
Thanks To The Animals:
    Charming picture book telling a Passamaquoddy story about a lost child protected by the animals of the forest.
*Sacred Trees:
    Interesting book on the role of trees in world mythology and spirituality, including Native Native America.



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