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Native American Wind Mythology



Wind is also used as a clan symbol in some Native American cultures. Tribes with Wind Clans include the Muskogee Creek tribe (whose Wind Clan is named Hutalgalgi or Hotvlkvlke in the Muskogee language) and the Mohave tribe.

Native American Wind Gods and Spirits

*Bemola (Penobscot)
*Cyclone Woman (Shawnee)
Guaigerri (Achagua)
Whirlwind Woman (Arikara)
*Wind Bird (Wabanaki)
*Winter-Wind (Anishinabe)

Native American Legends About The Wind

Gluscabi and the Wind Eagle * Why We Need Wind * The Bird whose Wings Made the Wind:
    Wabanaki stories in which heroes try to stop the wind from blowing and learn a lesson about the world.
The Giant and the Four Wind Brothers:
    Penobscot folktale about four brothers who make the wind.
*The Meadow Dandelion * Shawondasee and the Golden Girl:
    Ojibway folktales about South Wind falling in love with the Dandelion.
*Ababinili and the Humans:
    Chickasaw myth about the Creator assigning Wind and other elements roles to play in the lives of the people.
*Shawnee Mythology:
    Article on Shawnee oral traditions including stories about Cyclone Person and the Four Winds.
The First-Born Sons Play Ball:
    Ojibwa legend about Winter-Wind defeating the birds at lacrosse.
*The Four Directions:
    Delaware Indian myth about the spirits of the four winds.
*Humility:
    Oral history from a Cree elder about the winds punishing a hunter for killing pelicans recklessly.
*Buffalo and Eagle Wing:
    Blackfoot Indian legend including the origin of the wind.
*The Buffalo Wife * Buffalo Woman:
    Caddo legends about the Wind helping a man to win a wife from the Buffalo People.
*Coyote, the Deer, and the Wind:
    Caddo legend about Coyote rashly losing a power given to him by Wind.

Recommended Books of Wind Stories from Native American Myth and Legend

When Bear Stole the Chinook:
    Children's book illustrating a Blackfoot legend about how Weasel retrieved the warm spring wind from a powerful Bear.
Weather Legends: Native American Lore and Science of Weather:
    Collection of weather myths from various tribes, including a chapter on the wind.



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