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Native American Katydid Mythology

Katydids do not play a prominent role in Native American folklore. Like other small animals and insects, they sometimes appear in legends to symbolize meekness and humility. Like butterflies, they occasionally are also portrayed as vain and frivolous creatures. In the Jicarilla Apache tribe, katydid chirps are associated with Indian love flutes, and katydids are used for love medicine.

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Native American Legends About Katydids

The Katydid's Warning:
    Cherokee legend about the dangers of sneering at the meek.
The Ants and the Katydids:
    Biloxi legend about an irresponsible katydid.

Recommended Books of Katydid Stories from Native American Myth and Legend

Spirits of the Earth: A Guide to Native American Nature Symbols, Stories, and Ceremonies:
    Book about the meanings of Indian animal spirits, including a chapter on katydids.
Insect Mythology:
    Interesting book on the meaning of katydids and other insects in world mythology, including Native North America and Mesoamerica.
Native American Animal Stories:
    Great collection of American Indian tales about animals, told by Abenaki storyteller Joseph Bruchac.



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