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Native American Sun Mythology

The Sun is also used as a clan symbol in some Native American cultures. Tribes with Sun Clans include the Mohave, Caddo, Navajo, Hopi (whose Sun Clan is named Taawangyam or Tawa-wungwa), Zuni (whose Sun Clan is named Yatokya-kwe,) and other Pueblo tribes. The Sun is an important clan crest on the Northwest Coast and can often be found carved on totem poles.

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Native American Sun Gods and Spirits

*Ababinili (Chickasaw)
*Nakuset (Micmac)
Natosi (Blackfoot)
Tawa Kachina (Hopi)

Native American Legends About The Sun

*Old Man and the Theft from the Sun * Sun Teaches Veeho A Lesson:
    Blackfoot and Cheyenne legends about the trickster hero getting into trouble by trying to steal the Sun's pants.
Eclipse of the Sun Blamed on Black Squirrel:
    Choctaw legend about the origin of solar eclipses.
When Tcikabis Trapped The Sun * The Snaring of the Sun * The Sun Snarer * The Little People Ensnare the Sun:/b> * Snaring the Sun:
    Algonquian and Athabaskan stories in which the sun is trapped in a snare.
The Men Who Visited the Sun:

    Potawatomi legend about a group of men who ask the Sun to grant their wishes.
*The Moon and the Sun:
    Menominee legend about the Moon searching for her brother the Sun.
*Turkey Buzzard and the Sun:
    Lenape legend about a time when the Sun came too close to the Earth.
*The Sun Dance Wheel:
    Arapaho myth about the origins of the Sun Dance.
*Origin of the Moon and Sun:
    Cree legend about how the moon and sun were created, illustrated by a Cree artist.
*Wisakecahk and His Scabs:
    Cree legend about the trickster Wisakecahk behaving even sillier than usual...
*The Theft from Sun * The Fire-Leggings:
    Blackfoot stories about Old-Man trying to steal the Sun's pants.
*The Story of Poia:
    Blackfoot epic legend about the origin of the Sun Dance.
*The Snake With Big Feet:
    Blackfoot legend about the Sun granting a snake's wish to become human.
*The Moon and the Great Snake:
    Blackfoot story about a giant snake that was punished by the Sun for flirting with his wife.
*The Great Medicine Dance:
    Cheyenne tale about the origin of the Sundance.
*Fish-Hawk and the Sun's Daughter:
    California Indian legend about Osprey punishing Sun for his pride.
*Mole and the Sun:
    Achumawi myth about Mole stopping the Sun from burning up the earth.
*Caddo Sun Myths:
    Article about the history of traditional Caddo sun worship.
*Raven Steals The Light:
    Athabaskan myth about the trickster hero Raven and the origin of the sun.
*Ababinili and the Humans:
    Chickasaw myth about the Creator assigning the Sun and other elements roles to play in the lives of the people.

Recommended Books of Sun Stories from Native American Myth and Legend

Coyote and the Sky: How the Sun, Moon, and Stars Began:
    Charming book by a Pueblo author illustrating a traditional legend about the origin of the sun.
How Raven Stole the Sun:
    Beautiful children's book illustrating the Northwest Coast myth about Raven bringing sunlight to the world.
Arrow to the Sun: A Pueblo Indian Tale:
    Picture book based on a Pueblo legend about a young hero whose father is the Sun.
Sunpainters: Eclipse of the Navajo Sun:
    Beautifully illustrated book by a Native artist about the significance of a solar eclipse to a Navajo family.
*Sun Lore of All Ages: A Collection of Solar Myths and Legends * Book of the Sun:
    Two interesting books on the role of the sun in world mythology, including Native American mythology.
Weather Legends: Native American Lore and Science of Weather:
    Collection of weather myths from various tribes, including a chapter on the sun.



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