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In Northwest Coast legends, Mink is portrayed as an irreverent trickster and troublemaker, whose exploits are culturally inappropriate in humorous ways (including many lewd misadventures with women.) It is taboo to eat minks in certain Northwestern tribes such as the Tlingit. In other tribes, Mink is often considered a lucky animal, bestowing success at hunting or fishing (or in Northern California, gambling) upon humans that have earned their favor. Among the Innu of eastern Canada, Mink plays the mythological role of Earth-Diver, being the only animal to succeed at diving to the ocean floor to bring up land for the culture hero to make the earth with. Minks are associated with the midewiwin medicine society by some Anishinabe groups, and mink skins were often used for medicine bags.
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