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Native American Fly Mythology
Flies do not feature very often in Native American legends. They were traditionally
associated with disease in many tribes because of their tendency to buzz around
filth and carcasses, and like other swarming insects, flies were sometimes associated with
curses or other evil magic. In some southwestern tribes, on the other hand, flies were
considered messengers or credited with bringing the first fire to the people.
Native American Fly Gods and Spirits
Big Fly (Navajo)
Mastop, the Death Fly (Hopi)
Native American Legends About Flies
Diegueno Indian Fly Story:
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Kumeyaay legend about how Fly caused the origin of death.
Recommended Books of Fly Stories from Native American Myth and Legend
Spirits of the Earth: A Guide to Native American Nature Symbols, Stories, and Ceremonies:
Book by a Karuk elder about the meanings of Indian animal spirits, including a chapter on flies.
Interesting book on the role of flies and other insects in world mythology, including Native North America and Mesoamerica.
Native American Animal Stories:
Great collection of American Indian tales about animals, told by Abenaki storyteller Joseph Bruchac.
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