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Native American Star Mythology
Stars are also used as a clan symbol in some Native American cultures. Tribes with Star Clans
include the Ottawa tribe (whose Star Clan is named Anang.)
Native American Star Gods and Spirits
Fisher Star (Anishinabe)
Morning Star (
The Sky Beings (Blackfoot)
Sohu Kachina (Hopi)
Splinter-Foot Woman (Arapaho)
The Star-Boy (Blackfoot)
Native American Legends About Stars
Women Who Married Star Husbands The Girls Who Wished to Marry Stars The Adventures of Two Water Fairies Who Were Also Weasels:
Mi'kmaq and Chippewa Indian legends about women who married two stars.
South American Indian legend about a stingy woman who became a lone star.
How Fisher Went to the Sky Land:
Ojibwe legend about the Big Dipper.
They That Chase After The Bear (A Star Story) Chasing the Bear:
Fox legend about the origin of the constellations.
Waupee and the Star Maiden White Hawk The Star Maidens and the Corona Borealis:
Shawnee legends about a man who married a star.
The Seven Wise Men:
Lenape myth about the origin of the Pleiades.
Splinter Foot Girl:
Arapaho Indian legend about a mythical girl and her family who escape to the sky and become stars.
Cheyenne story about a woman who married the Morning Star and gave birth to a star hero.
The Girl Who Married A Dog:
Cheyenne legend about the mother of the Pleiades.
The Quillwork Girl and her Seven Brothers:
Cheyenne myth about the origin of the Big Dipper constellation.
The Hunting of the Great Bear:
Cayuga legend about four hunters, a dog, and a bear who turned into stars.
Coyote Regulates Life After Death:
Caddo legend about the stars and the afterlife.
The Lazy Boys Who Became The Pleiades:
Caddo star myth about the origin of the Pleiades.
Evening-Star and Orphan-Star:
Caddo legend about an abandoned boy becoming a star.
The Girl Who Had Power To Call The Buffalo:
Caddo legend about a star girl who had buffalo power.
Recommended Books of Star Stories from Native American Myth and Legend
They Dance in the Sky: Native American Star Myths: Stars of the First People: Native American Constellation and Star Myths:
Two excellent collections of traditional star legends from a variety of tribes.
Coyote and the Sky: How the Sun, Moon, and Stars Began:
Charming children's book by a Pueblo author illustrating a traditional legend about the origin of the stars.
How The Stars Fell Into The Sky:
A lovely picture book illustrating the Navajo version of the myth about the creation of the stars.
Coyote In Love With A Star:
Excellent modern retelling of a classic Prairie Indian folktale, told by a Potawatomi author.
How Spirit Dog Made The Milky Way The Story of the Milky Way:
Picture books based on a Cherokee legend about a dog that spilled the stars.
Coyote Places the Stars:
Children's book depicting a Wasco Indian legend about the origin of constellations.
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.
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