Magpies play different roles in the folklore of different Native American tribes. In the legends of
some tribes, Magpie is portrayed as a gossip and busybody who annoys the other animals. In other
legends, Magpie is a loyal friend of humans who warns them of danger or takes up their cause in times
of trouble. In Cheyenne tradition, the magpie is considered a sacred messenger of the Creator.
The Hopi and other Pueblo tribes see the magpie as a directional guardian,
associated with the east.
Magpies are also used as clan animals in some Native American cultures. Tribes with Magpie Clans
include the Hopi tribe, whose Magpie Clan is named Posiwngyam.