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Native American Stories About Hunting

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

Native American Hunting Gods and Spirits

Caribou Man (Innu)
Mising (Lenape)
Kanati (Cherokee)
World Man (Ioway)

Legends About Hunting

*Nukumi and Marten:
    Native American legends in which animals offer themselves up as prey animals to feed the people.
*The Foundling Who Was Befriended By Wolves:
    Cree legend about an orphan boy who used his clever hunting techniques to win the hand of a chief's daughter.
The Alligator and the Hunter:
    Choctaw legend about an alligator who repaid a hunter's kindness by giving him hunting medicine.
*Coyote Dives For Meat:
    Caddo legend about Wild-Cat getting the better of Coyote. (Note that he spares Coyote's children in the end.
    In the folklore of many Native American tribes, this symbolizes responsible hunting.)
*Turtle Gets A Whale:
    Maliseet legend in which bumbling Uncle Turtle tries to learn how to hunt for whales, with many mishaps.
How The Crow Came To Be Black:
    Legend about a nosy crow punished for interfering with Sioux hunters.
Brother Crow and Brother Buffalo:
    A similar Shawnee legend in which Crow teaches hunters to respect the buffalo.
*Race Among the Animals * How The Buffalo Hunt Began:
    Cheyenne legend telling how humans became hunters of the buffalo.
*They That Chase After The Bear (A Star Story) * Chasing the Bear:
    Fox legend about three hunters that became stars.
*The Hunting of the Great Bear:
    A similar Iroquois legend about four hunters, a dog, and a bear who became a constellation.
*The Hunter and the Owl:
    Lenape legend about an owl that gave a man good luck at hunting.
*When the Animals Left Lenapé Land:
    Lenape myth about why hunters must respect the animals.
*Wematekan'is and the Hunter:
    Lenape folktale about one of the Little People playing a prank on a deer hunter.
How the People Hunted the Moose:
    Métis-Cree legend about the Moose People giving themselves as food for the people.
*The Revenge of the Mountain Goats:
    Cree legend about a group of hunters punished for their cruelty and disrespect for their prey.
*The Blind Hunter:
    Cree legend about a blind hunter whose sight was restored by loons.
*How the Indians Obtained Dogs:
    Cree story about a hunter who received the help of the first dog.
*The Magic Gifts:
    Legend about a Cree hunter who won lynx-hunting medicine from a mysterious stranger.
*Humility:
    Oral history from a Cree elder illustrating the importance of hunting respectfully.
Bear Medicine:
    Dene legend about a man who hibernated with a bear and received a special gift of bear-hunting medicine.
Hunts Game:
    Audio files of a Cree storyteller narrating stories about the relationship between Native hunters and their prey.
*The Poor Hunter and the Alligator Power:
    Caddo legend about an alligator who repaid a hunter with deer-hunting power.
*How The Buffalo Ceased To Eat Human Beings:
    Caddo legend about the old days when buffalo were the predators.

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends

Mwakwa Talks to the Loon:
    Excellent picture book illustrating a Cree legend about Loon teaching the people to hunt and fish responsibly.
Buffalo Woman:
    Classic Plains Indian legend about how the buffalo agreed to be hunted by man.
Whale Snow:
    Children's book depicting the importance of whale hunting to traditional Inuit culture.



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