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Native American Quail Mythology

Quail do not play a major role in the folklore of Native American tribes. They are considered modest and humble birds by many Southwestern tribes, and the Pueblo people associate quail with the earth.

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Quail are also used as clan animals in some Native American cultures. Tribes with Quail Clans include the Mohave tribe. Some tribes, such as the Creek and Cherokee, also have a Quail Dance among their tribal dance traditions.

Native American Quail Gods and Spirits

Kawaspi Kachina (Hopi)
Popkpeknos (Seneca)

Native American Legends About Quails

Coyote and the Quails:
    Pima legend about a family of Indian quails getting the better of Coyote.
The Thunder Nation and the Eagle:
    Cherokee legend about the powers given by Eagle to Quail and other birds.

Recommended Books of Quail 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 quails.
Flights of Fancy: Birds in Myth, Legend, and Superstition:
    A good book on the meaning of quail and other birds in world mythology, including Native North America.
Birds of Algonquin Legend:
    Interesting collection of legends about bobwhite quails and other birds in Algonquian tribes.



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