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Legendary Native American Figures: Menily (Menil)

Name: Menily
Tribal affiliation: Cahuilla
Alternate spellings: Menil, Man-el, Menilly
Pronunciation: meh-neel-yih
Type: Native American goddess, moon spirit

Menily is the Cahuilla goddess of the moon, who taught the people the arts of civilization before being driven away by Mukat. She is often called the Moon Maiden in English.

Menily Stories

*Cahuilla Creation Myth:
    The story of Man-El the moon maiden and the creation and education of humans.

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends

The Heart Is Fire: The World of the Cahuilla Indians of Southern California:
    Book of oral history and traditional stories told by five Cahuilla elders.

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Additional Resources

 Not for Innocent Ears
 Cahuilla myths
 Cahuilla language
 Cahuilla pronunciation
 Southern California languages
 The Native American Southwest
 Uto Aztecan family



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