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Native American Moon Mythology

The Moon is also used as a clan symbol in some Native American cultures. Tribes with Moon Clans include the Mohave, Ottawa, and Pueblo tribes. The Moon is an important clan crest on the Northwest Coast and can often be found carved on totem poles.

Native American Moon Gods and Spirits

*Anningan (Inuit moon spirit)
*Komorkis (Blackfoor moon goddess)
Menil (Cahuilla moon goddess)
Qone (Chehalis moon god)

Native American Legends About The Moon

*Rabbit and the Moon Man:
    Micmac legend about why the moon has dark marks on its face.
*Legend of the Moon:
    Menominee legend about the cycles of the moon.
*Wesakechak and the Origin of the Moon:
    Cree legend about how the moon was created, illustrated by a Cree artist.
*The Moon and the Great Snake:
    Blackfoot story about a giant snake that was punished for flirting with the Moon.
*Raven Steals The Light:
    Athabaskan myth about the trickster hero Raven and the origin of the moon.
*Ababinili and the Humans:
    Chickasaw myth about the Creator assigning the Moon and other elements roles to play in the lives of the people.
*The Creation And Early Migrations:
    Caddo myths about the origin of the world and the first chief, Moon.

Recommended Books of Moon Stories from Native American Myth and Legend

Coyote and the Sky: How the Sun, Moon, and Stars Began:
    Charming children's book by a Pueblo author illustrating a traditional legend about the origin of the moon.
Moon Mother:
    Children's book based on several Native American creation myths.
*Moonstick: The Seasons of the Sioux * An Algonquian Year : The Year According to the Full Moon:
    Picture books based on the traditional names of moons in Native American calendar systems.
*The Moon: Myth and Image * In the Light of the Moon: Thirteen Lunar Tales from Around the World:
    Two interesting books on the role of the moon in world mythology, including Native American mythology.
Keepers of the Night: Native American Stories and Nocturnal Activities for Children:
    Excellent collection of Native legends about the night sky, with teaching activities for classroom use.



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