The underworld

Through Shamanistic communication according to some traditions the dead live in an underworld, which is not too happy, resembling this word, but darker. There is much hunger because descendants failed … Read more

Trickster

The character of the trickster is prominent in Native American mythology even though it has a far reaching history in that it is considered to be a general god archetype. … Read more

Tobacco

Legends relating to various plants vary from tribe to tribe. One cause of such variance is tribal location. Mythology concerning the origin of tobacco is an example of this. To … Read more

The Sun dance

Before it was forbidden the annual Sun Dance was held by many American Native tribes, practically all of the Plains Indian tribes. It was performed in the summer, usually in … Read more

Sukias

Sukias were healer and also could work sorcery. They came to the older people of South America, sometimes three times a week but they seldom come anymore. They would cure … Read more

Spider

Among the Hopi people the Spider is thought as a powerful spirit, and can be referred to as Spider Woman, Old Woman, Spider Lady, Grandmother or Grandma. Her Hopi name … Read more

Sibu

Sibu is an Indian name for God, meaning Supreme Master or the highest chief. Sibu came before all other things. He made the land out of which he created the … Read more

Quanah Parker

Quanah Parker (ca. 1850-1911) was a young half-blood Comanche leader in the late 1870s or early 1880s in southwestern Oklahoma. Quanah means “fragrance.” Even though he considered himself to be … Read more

Pinga

Pinga is a feminine deity whom the moon-god is subordinate according to a legend among the Caribou Inuits. She takes over certain functions of the moon-god. Pinga, “The one above,” seems … Read more

Peyote religion

When starting the peyote religion that eventually became the Native American Church, Quanah Parker remembered well what the curandera taught him. He wore the beads like she had instructed, perhaps hers were rosary beads, … Read more

Inuit Shaman

The Inuit shaman, or angekkok, has great spiritual powers, which usually were developed when he reached the age of puberty. It was then after wondering in the desert for a few … Read more

Ghost dance

  The Ghost Dance gradually replaced the Sun Dance which was being banned by a joint effort of the federal government and missioners, at times both seemed the same, because of the … Read more

Diablero

Diablero, a Soroan Indian term, an evil person who practices black sorcery and can change (metamorphosis) him/herself into an animal such as a bird, dog, coyote, or any other animal. … Read more

Corn Mother

About the Corn Mother Since maze is a substantial food among the Native Americans it would certainly be included within their mythology. One legend concerns an old lady and an … Read more

Angekkok

Angekkok in some legends the first famine caused by Sedna brought about the emergence of the first angekkok (Inuit Shaman) who in his attempt to save humanity went to the Mother of … Read more