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Shrews play several different roles in Native American folklore. In some legends, Shrew appears as a small but brave animal which succeeds where others fail, much as mice often do. It is two shrews that steal fire for the people in Miwok legends, for example. In Inuit (Eskimo) legends, Raven creates shrews as an act of cheerful whimsy-- similar to butterflies in more southerly climates-- simply because he felt the earth needed something small and lively living on it. On the other hand, Native people in many other tribes dislike shrews for their aggressive and sneaky nature and consider it bad luck to have one in the house.
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