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Native American Moth Mythology

Many California Indians consider moths a symbol of transformation, healing and prayer, and moth cocoons are used as sacred rattles in some California tribes. In other tribes, moths are associated with death and ghosts and may bring messages from the spirit world.

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Native American Moth Gods and Spirits

Moth Woman (Maidu)

Native American Legends About Moths

Lepidoptera in the Mythology of Native Americans:
    Article about the importance of butterflies and moths to Native American cultures.

Recommended Books of Moth 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 moths.
Insect Mythology:
    Interesting book on the role of moths 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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