Native American Creation Myths - North America
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Native Creation Myths

Spiro Mound
A cross-legged man from Spiro Mound
(modern Oklahoma), 900-1450 AD

Each group of people in North America had their own story about where the world came from and where they came from.

Here are some examples:

Nobody really knows whether people brought these stories with them from Asia when they came to North America about 15000 BC, or whether people created these stories after they got to North America. Probably some of both. You might want to compare these stories to similar stories from other cultures like these:

Bibliography and further reading about North American creation myths:

Native American religion
Native American Stories
More about Native Americans
South and Central America
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Karen Carr is Associate Professor Emerita, Department of History, Portland State University. She holds a doctorate in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Follow her on Instagram or Twitter, or buy her book, Vandals to Visigoths.
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