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Swans do not appear very often in the mythology of Native American tribes. When swans do appear in Native American legends, they are usually grouped together with other waterfowl like geese and ducks, most often portrayed as gullible or foolish characters taken advantage of by tricksters. Swans are also considered particularly beautiful and elegant birds in many tribes, and swan maidens sometimes play a role as eligible brides in Native American folklore. Swans are associated with the sky in some tribal traditions, and as with other white waterbirds, swan feathers are considered a symbol of harmony and spirituality.
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