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Mountain goats are not common characters in Native American folklore. Like other large prey animals, mountain goats are believed to have willingly given themselves to humans as food in some Native American cultures, and are therefore considered sacred and honored with a number of special rituals. This is particularly true in Northwest Coast tribes, where mountain goat hair is used to weave the ceremonial Chilkat blankets and other traditional textiles. Mountain goats are associated with the sky in some tribal traditions and are sometimes viewed as guardian spirits.
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