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Native American Plant Mythology

American Indian Plant Mythology In Various Tribes

*Stories about achiote
*Stories about agave
*Stories about ash trees
*Stories about beans
*Stories about birch trees
*Stories about bloodroot
*Stories about capi
*Stories about cattails
*Stories about cedar
*Stories about chicory
*Stories about chili peppers
*Stories about chocolate
*Stories about coneflowers
*Stories about copal
*Stories about corn
*Stories about cottonwood
*Stories about dandelions
*Stories about dogwoods
*Stories about ferns
*Stories about fir trees
*Stories about flowers
*Stories about herbs
*Stories about juniper
*Stories about lady-slippers
*Stories about lavender
*Stories about maple trees
*Stories about moss
*Stories about mugwort
*Stories about oak trees
*Stories about osha root
*Stories about persimmons
*Stories about pine trees
*Stories about pinion
*Stories about pumpkins
*Stories about sage
*Stories about seeds
*Stories about shadbush
*Stories about spruce trees
*Stories about squash
*Stories about stinging nettles
*Stories about strawberries
*Stories about sunflowers
*Stories about sweetgrass
*Stories about tobacco
*Stories about trees
*Stories about violets
*Stories about wild rice
*Stories about wild roses
*Stories about willows
*Stories about yarrow
*Legends about yerba santa
*Stories about yew trees
*Stories about yucca
*Stories about zinnias

Native American Plant Gods and Spirits

Corn Maidens/Kachina Mana (Hopi)
Corn Mother (Wabanaki)
Deohako (Iroquois)
Mon-daw-min (Ojibwe)
Patung Kachina (Hopi)
Selu (Cherokee)
Sweet Root (Cheyenne)
Turn Over (Penobscot)
Xochipilli (Aztec)

Native American Legends About Plants

*Arrowhead Finger:
    Penobscot legend about a medicine spirit child who taught the people respect for plants.
The Three Sisters:
    Agricultural legends from the Northeast Woodlands about the cooperation of Corn, Squash and Beans.
*How Gluskabe Stole Tobacco:
    Abenaki plant story about the culture hero Gluskabe bringing tobacco to the people.
Corn Mother * The Strange Origin of Corn * Kloskurbeh the Teacher:
    Abenaki and Penobscot legends of how First Mother brought corn to the people.
How Bear Became Keeper of the Medicines:
    Mi'kmaq legend about Bear's journey to bring healing herbs to the people.
Tree and Tradition * Gluskonba Makes the People * Origin of the Penobscot:
    Abenaki and Penobscot folklore about the Indians being created from ash trees.
Wild Rice:
    Ojibwe plant legend about the origin of wild rice.
*Origin of the Trailing Arbutus:
    Ottawa legend about their tribal flower.
*Legend of the Potawatomi Indians: * The Origin of Corn and Other Crops:
    Potawatomi first plants stories.
*Kanati and Selu:
    Cherokee legend about the corn goddess Selu and the origin of plants.

Recommended Books of Plant Stories from Native American Myth and Legend

Native Plant Stories:
    Excellent collection of Native American stories about plants, by Abenaki storyteller Joseph Bruchac.
Song of the Seven Herbs:
    Native American tales about the traditional uses of various North American herbs and flowers.
Selu and Kana'ti: Cherokee Corn Mother and Lucky Hunter:
    Children's book illustrating the Cherokee myth about the origin of corn.
Buffalo Bird Woman's Garden:
    Interesting book about Native American farming traditions narrated by a Hidatsa woman.
Plants of Power: Native American Ceremony and the Use of Sacred Plants:
    Book about the importance of herbs and native plants to traditional Native American spirituality.



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