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Native American Weather Mythology

Here is our collection of Native American legends and traditional stories about the weather.

Native American Weather Gods and Spirits

*Ice cannibals

Native American Legends About Weather

Gluscabi and the Wind Eagle * Why We Need Wind * The Bird whose Wings Made the Wind:
    Wabanaki stories in which the culture hero Gluskabe learns the importance of wind.
*Pamola, A Penobscot Legend:
    Penobscot stories about the snow bird Pamola.
Indian Summer * Nibunalnoba, the Indian Summer:
    Abenaki-Penobscot legends about the origins of "Indian summer," the brief recurrence of summer-like weather before the snows fall.
*The Origin of the Thunderbird:
    Story of a Passamaquoddy man who discovered the home of the Thunderers and was transformed into one of them.

Recommended Books of Weather Stories from Native American Myth and Legend

Weather Legends: Native American Lore and Science of Weather:
    Collection of weather myths from various Native American tribes.
Storm Maker's Tipi:
    Picture book based on a Blackfoot legend about the origin of tepees and storm medicine.
When Bear Stole the Chinook:
    Children's book illustrating a Blackfoot legend about how Weasel retrieved the warm spring wind from Bear.
Rabbit's Wish For Snow:
    Picture book by a Narragansett author about Rabbit getting himself into trouble by creating snow.

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