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

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. Maybe people created these stories after they got to North America. Probably some of both. You might want to compare these creation stories to similar stories from other cultures like these:

What do these stories have in common? What do they think needs explaining?

Bibliography and further reading about North American creation myths:


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By |2018-04-12T08:53:19+00:00August 10th, 2017|Literature, Native American, Religion|0 Comments
Cite this page: Carr, K.E. Native American creation myths. Study Guides, August 10, 2017. Web. January 24, 2019.

About the Author:

Dr. 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, Pinterest, or Facebook, or buy her book, Vandals to Visigoths.

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