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Native American Tick Mythology
Like other biting insects, ticks are viewed as enemies of humankind by many tribes,
and some legends feature blood-sucking or man-eating monsters transformed into mosquitoes,
ticks, and biting flies after their deaths.
Native American Legends About Ticks
Coyote Kills A Giant:
Navajo legend telling how the wood tick got his flat shape.
Indian Tick Tale:
Salish Indian legend about the origin of deer ticks.
Recommended Books of Tick Stories from Native American Myth and Legend
Spirits of the Earth: A Guide to Native American Nature Symbols, Stories, and Ceremonies:
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Book about the meanings of Indian animal spirits, including a chapter on ticks.
Interesting book on the meaning of ticks and other insects in world mythology, including Native North America and Mesoamerica.
Native American Animal Stories:
Great collection of American Indian tales about animals, told by Abenaki storyteller Joseph Bruchac.
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