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Starfish do not play a major role in Native American mythology. According to Kwakiutl legend, starfish once were women who defied the somewhat antisocial trickster deity Mink, who punished them by transforming them into starfish. Other legends identify starfish as the wealth of the Northwest Coast sea god named Kumugwe (or Komokwa,) and traditional carvings of Kumugwe are often adorned with starfish.
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