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Native American Winter Mythology
Here is our collection of Native American legends and traditional stories about wintertime.
Native American Winter Gods and Spirits
Native American Legends About Winter
How Glooscap Found Summer: How Glooskap Found The Summer:
Wabanaki legends about the the culture hero Glooskap defeating Winter and creating the seasons as we know them today.
Indian Superstitions And Legend:
An excerpt from Potawatomi author Simon Pokagon's autobiography, including a legend about the four season sisters.
The Hell-diver and the Spirit of Winter:
Chippewa Indian legend about a stalwart grebe withstanding winter's fury.
The First-Born Sons Play Ball:
Ojibwa legend about Winter-Wind defeating the birds at lacrosse.
The Dream Fast:
Ojibwe legend about why dream questing should not be done in winter.
The Story of Winter Snow:
Potawatomi Indian legend about a winter wizard who turned two boys into snow.
The Crane and the Otter:
Assiniboine legend about a mother crane who defeats winter to save her son.
Lenape myth about a magical winter child.
The Four Directions:
Delaware Indian myth about the origin of winter weather.
The First Winter:
Nipmuc myth about the Great Spirit creating winter to punish ungrateful people.
Spider Woman and Coyote:
Achumawi story about the animals working together to end winter.
Recommended Books of Winter Stories from Native American Myth and Legend
The Winter Solstice:
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Children's book describing winter folklore and ceremonies around the world, including Native North and South America.
The Messenger of Spring:
Picture book based on a Native American legend about winter making way for spring.
Shingebiss: An Ojibwe Legend:
Children's book depicting an Ojibwe (Chippewa) legend about a persevering duck who defeats the spirit of winter.
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