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Amerindian Myths

written by: Sia
 
You have not heard about the Great Spirit? Surely, you have read many books about Old Firehand and Vinetu, so American Indian practices and habits are not anything new to you. Here I present something different - a tiny bit of American Indian mythology. Enjoy!

Question 1:


This is a Navaho legend, explaining the formation of a constellation. According to this myth there was a girl who married a bear. Her younger sister told their father and he got so furious, he killed the bear. In order to revenge, the bigger sister turned into a bear and began chasing her siblings. She killed her seven brothers who flew up in the sky and formed this constellation.
Ursa Minor
Draco
Ursa Major
Lynx

Question 2:


This Navajo god of rains, whose name means "water sprinkler", often played waggish tricks on mankind, but he never harmed anyone.
Tonenili
Skywoman
Spider Woman
Dineh

Question 3:


When evoked to cure an illness, this spirit could take the form of either a woman or a man, depending on the gender of the patient.
Breathmaker
Atira
Asgaya Gigagei
Aningan

Question 4:


This military practice was widespread among American Indian tribes well before the European colonists came to the New World. It provided warriors with proof of his courage and a war trophy.
Snake Dance
Scalping
Shouting
Riding horses

Question 5:


These items, taken from birds, were usually accepted as marks of honor or sources of ideas. They were also symbols of the Creative Force.
Feathers
Claws
Wings
Beaks

Question 6:


This animal was considered an important spirit among most of the Northern tribes. It was responsible for sorrow and death, and was an omen of impending evil.
Coyote
Eagle
Bear
Raven

Question 7:


According to the Iroquois, this woman fell from a hole in the sky and brought light to the world.
Moonwoman
Skywoman
Sunwoman
Cloudwoman

Question 8:


According to the Iroquois these demon gods flew during storms and ate people as humans were very delicious to them.
Big heads
Storm heads
Bodyless
Flying heads

Question 9:


This bird is considered to be 'the master of the sky'. It is the carrier of prayers, venerated for its courage and wisdom.
Owl
Condor
Vulture
Eagle

Question 10:


According to the Pawnees this star was evil, since it had driven the Sun out of the sky.
Sirius
Evening star
Morning star
Venus

 


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