Kingfishers play a variety of different roles in the folklore of different Native American tribes. To the Northwest
Coast Indians, Kingfisher is generally viewed positively, as a messenger and a sign of good luck to
come. In Makah legends, however, a human thief was punished by being transformed into the first kingfisher.
In the Siouan tribes, Kingfisher is associated with fertility. Most often, Kingfisher appears in traditional stories
as a proficient hunter, whose success cannot be duplicated by careless imitators.
Kingfishers are also used as clan animals in some Native American cultures. Tribes with
Kingfisher Clans include the Ojibwe (whose Kingfisher Clan and its totem are named Ogiishkimanisii.)