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Native American Flood Myths and Legends

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

Native American Flood Spirits

Iwarrika (Akawaio)

Native American Flood Stories

*Great Serpent and the Great Flood * Manabozho and the Flood:
    Algonquian stories about a legendary flood caused by the slaying of evil water spirits..
*Mi'kmaq Flood Myth:
    Micmac legend about the flooding of the earth caused by the weeping of the sun.
*Creation of the World * Manabozho and the Muskrat * Nanabozho and the Origin of the Earth * Waynaboozhoo and the Great Flood:
    Ojibwe legends about the culture hero rebuilding the world after a great flood.
*Flood Myth: An Algonquin Story * Ottawa Flood Myth:
    Anishinabe Indian legends about the flooding and rebirth of the world.
*Beginning of the Cree World * Cree Flood Myth * Knisteneaux Flood:
    Cree legends about the flooding and renewal of the earth.
*Cautantowwit and the Flood:
    Nipmuc legend about the Creator remaking the world after the flood.
*Arapaho Deluge Story * The Sun Dance Wheel:
    Arapaho flood legends.
The Creation of the World:
    Gros Ventre myth about the flooding and rebuilding of the world.
*Yellowstone Valley and the Great Flood:
    Native American myth about a flood that was averted by righteous behavior.
*The Voice, the Flood and the Turtle:
    Caddo myth about the flooding of the earth.
*Dotson'Sa, Great Raven Makes The World:
    Athabaskan legend about Raven saving the animals from a great flood.
*The Flood:
    Caddo legend about a nature spirit that punished the people with a flood for desecrating dead animals.

Recommended Books about Native American Flood Myths
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The Great Canoe: A Karina Legend:
    Lovely picture book illustrating a Carib Indian legend about the flooding of the earth.
Remaking The Earth: A Creation Story from the Great Plains of North America:
    Picture book based on Blackfoot and Arapaho creation myths in which the world is rebuilt after a great flood.
Weather Legends: Native American Lore and Science of Weather:
    Collection of weather myths from various tribes, including a chapter on floods.

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