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Native American Stories About Witchcraft

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

Witchcraft Users in Native American Legends

Canaima (Carib)
Ghost-Witch (Wabanaki)
Pains (California tribes)

Legends About Witchcraft

When My Uncle Was Bewitched:
    Munsee story about a woman who used witchcraft to entrap a man.
*How The Trappers Broke The Spell:
    Maliseet story about a witch who cursed two young men with bad hunting luck.
*The Girl-Chenoo:
    Mi'kmaq story about a jilted lover who used witchcraft to turn a young woman into a terrible ice-monster.
*A Witch Tale:
    Maliseet story about an old woman who used witchcraft to punish a misbehaving child.
*An Abenaki Witch Story * The Lost Hunters:
    Wabanaki stories about a ghost witch returning to life to prey on humans.
*The Story of Winter Snow:
    Potawatomi Indian legend about a winter wizard who turned two boys into snow.
*The Man They Cannot Hold:
    Lenape legend about an old woman who committed a murder by witchcraft, but died herself.
*Thabeeszus, an Eehnkhanzee Medicine Man * Moshquashies and the Witch:
    Metis legends about witchcraft duels between medicine men and greedy witches.
*Flying Wonder:
    Cree legend about a witch taking the form of a raven to take revenge on his inlaws.
*Kichimitaw, the Great Shaman:
    Audio recordings of a Cree elder relating a folktale about a shaman whose attempts to bewitch a young boy backfire.

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
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Witchcraft and Sorcery of the American Native Peoples:
    Interesting book exploring witchcraft in the Americas and the difference between Native American witches and medicine people.

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