Frogs play a variety of roles in Native American mythology from different tribes. In some tribes,
frogs are considered medicine animals who have healing powers and the ability to bring rain.
In others, they are associated with disease and bad luck. To the Anishinabe tribes, frogs
represent transformation and growth. To Northwest Coast Native people, frogs are associated
with springtime and renewal. In some Southern California cultures, Frog
is a major mythological character who killed their Creator god with evil witchcraft. And among
indigenous tribes of Panama, such as the Buglé and Kuna tribes, the rare golden frog is associated
with fertility, wealth, and a happy afterlife.
Frogs are also used as clan animals in some Native American cultures. Tribes with
Frog Clans include the Chippewa tribe (whose Frog Clan and its totem are called Omakakii or
Makakii,) the Zuni (whose Frog Clan name is Tak'ya-kwe) and other Pueblo tribes of New Mexico,
and the Tlingit. Frog is an important
clan crest on the Northwest Coast and can often be found carved on totem poles.
The Creeks also have a Frog Dance
among their tribal dance traditions.
Native American Frog Gods and Spirits
Akwulabemu (Wabanaki) Anikapeu, the Frog Master (Innu) Paakwa Kachina (Hopi)