Beliefs of the Native Americans

Gods, Goddesses, Religions & Beliefs of the Native Americans Native Beliefs share some common tendencies. Religion tends to be closely related to the natural world. The local terrain is elevated with supernatural meaning, and natural objects are imbued with sacred presences. Ceremonial rituals involving these supernatural-natural objects are meant to ensure communal and individual prosperity. These […]

NATIVE POEM: The Last Warrior

~ The Last Warrior ~ High on bleak, stony rag, Unmoving, he sits astride His ragged coated pony. Only telltale frozen breaths, Separate them from The still, winter black boles Of ancient leafless trees. The pony, blown and lame, Stands with lowered head, Ears flattened to the sound Of a distant wolf pack. The man on […]

NATIVE STORIES: Iroquois, How Fire Came To The Six Nations

Often, around the fire in the long house of the Iroquois, during the Moon of the Long Nights, this tale is told. Three Arrows was a boy of the Mohawk tribe. Although he had not yet seen fourteen winters he was already known among the Iroquois for his skill and daring. His arrows sped true […]

NATIVE STORIES: Hopi, Yaponcha – The Wind God

As Told By Glenn Welker Long, long ago, the Hopis were greatly troubled by the wind. It blew and blew and blew and blew–all the time. The Hopis planted their crops, but before the seeds could begin to sprout, the wind blew the soil and seeds away. Unhappy and worried, all the people made prayer […]

NATIVE STORIES: Apache, The Origin of Fire

Long, long ago, animals and trees talked with each other, but there was no fire at that time.Fox was most clever and he tried to think of a way to create fire for the world. One day, he decided to visit the Geese, te-tl, whose cry he wished to learn how to imitate. They promised […]

NATIVE STORIES: Apache, The Story of Creation

Apache, The Story of Creation In the beginning nothing existed–no earth, no sky, no sun, no moon, only darkness was everywhere. Suddenly from the darkness emerged a thin disc, one side yellow and the other side white, appearing suspended in midair. Within the disc sat a small bearded man, Creator, the One Who Lives Above. […]

NATIVE STORIES: Blackfoot, The Origins of the Buffalo Dance

——————————————————————————– Traditional Blackfoot story of How the Buffalo Dance was given to the people. ——————————————————————————– When the buffalo first came to be upon the land, they were not friendly to the people. When the hunters tried to coax them over the cliffs for the good of the villages, they were reluctant to offer themselves up. […]

NATIVE STORIES: Apache, How the Buffalo Were Released on Earth

Apache: How the Buffalo Were Released on Earth ——————————————————————————– In the first days a powerful being named Humpback owned all the buffalo. He kept them in a corral in the mountains north of San Juan, where he lived with his young son. Not one buffalo would Humpback release for the people on earth, nor would […]


Windigo Ojibwa First Nation retold by S. E. Schlosser The storm lasted so long that they thought they would starve. Finally, when the wind and swirling snow had died away to just a memory, the father, who was a brave warrior, ventured outside. The next storm was already on the horizon, but if food was […]

“Crow Brings the Daylight” -An Inuit Myth

“Crow Brings the Daylight” -An Inuit Myth An Inuit Myth retold by S. E. Schlosser Long, long ago, when the world was still new, the Inuit lived in darkness in their home in the fastness of the north. They had never heard of daylight, and when it was first explained to them by Crow, who […]

Coyote and Wishpoosh

Coyote and Wishpoosh (Chinook) retold by S. E. Schlosser Now Wishpoosh the monster beaver lived in the beautiful Lake Cle-el-lum which was full of fish. Every day, the animal people would come to the lake, wanting to catch some fish, but Wishpoosh the giant beaver drove them away with many threats and great splashing. If […]

Coyote and the Columbia

Coyote and the Columbia (Sahaptin/Salishan Tribes) retold by S. E. Schlosser One day, Coyote was walking along. The sun was shining brightly, and Coyote felt very hot. “I would like a cloud,” Coyote said. So a cloud came and made some shade for Coyote. Coyote was not satisfied. “I would like more clouds,” he said. […]

Crow Dog of the Brule Sioux Band, killed Spotted Tail

by Clara NiiSkaIn August 1881, Crow Dog, “belonging to” the Brule Sioux Band, killed Spotted Tail, who signed the treaty of 1868 as the principal Chief of the Brule Sioux. “The killing,” according to court records, “took place at their agency upon the Great Sioux Indian reservation, in the first judicial district of Dakota Territory.” […]