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Native American Sky Mythology

The Sky is also used as a clan symbol in some Native American cultures. Tribes with Sky Clans include the Ottawa tribe (whose Sky Clan is named Gizhik).

Native American Sky Gods and Spirits

*The Above People (Blackfoot)
Morning Star (many tribes)
*Old-Man-Sky (Carib)
Sky Chief (Caddo)
Sky-Holder (Iroquois)
Sky Woman (Iroquois)
*The Star-Boy (Blackfoot)
*Thunderbird (Plains and Western tribes)
*Thunderer (Sioux)
*Thunders (Iroquois)
Utakke (Carrier)

Native American Legends About the Sky

*One Who Walks All Over The Sky * Walks-All-Over-The-Sky:
    Tsimshian myth about the origin of the night sky.
*How Fisher Went to the Sky Land:
    Ojibwe legend about the Big Dipper.
*Algon and the Sky-Girl:
    Algonquin legend of a man who married one of the Sky People.
*When Tcikabis Trapped The Sun:
    An Atikamekw legend about the trickster Tcikabis visiting the sky.
*The Girl Who Climbed to the Sky * The Girl Enticed to the Sky:
    Arapaho legends about a woman who married a sky spirit.
*Falling-Star:
    A similar Cheyenne story about a woman who climbed to the sky world and gave birth to a star hero.
*Splinter Foot Girl:
    Arapaho Indian legend about a mythical girl and her family who escape to the sky and become stars.
*The Quillwork Girl and her Seven Brothers:
    A related Cheyenne myth about a girl and her brothers who escape a monster buffalo to live in the sky.
*Coyote Regulates Life After Death:
    Caddo legend about the sky world and the afterlife.

Recommended Books of Sky Stories from Native American Myth and Legend

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.
Coyote and the Sky:
    Charming children's book by a Pueblo author illustrating a traditional legend about the origin of the sky.
How The Stars Fell Into The Sky:
    Another attractive picture book illustrating a Navajo version of the myth about the creation of the night sky.
Whale in the Sky:
    Picture book based on a Northwest Coast legend about how Whale came to live in the ocean.



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