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  • Alaska Folklore: Five Mythical Creatures of the Last Frontier
    Alaska Dispatch News' Terrye Toombs lists creatures to definitely avoid.

  • Anansi Stories
    Collection of Anansi and other animal stories from West African folklore

  • Australian Aboriginal Dreamtime
    According to her site, Ellie Crystal is the founder, author, webmaster, and creative artist behind this extraordinary one-of-a-kind website, Crystalinks. Her website, which debuted in August 1995, is a compendium of over 6,000 integrated files and has evolved into a major educational tool and vital resource for the metaphysical community. The section on the Australian Dreamtime includes several Aboriginal creation myths.

  • Aztec Civilization
    Ellie Crystal presents information about the Aztecs, an indigenous civilization that was based in the Valley of Mexico and flourished from the 14th to the 16th centuries. Crystal highlights the Aztec calendar, folklore, culture, rulers, religion, and history.

  • Dine (Navaho) Literature
    Presents a collection of Dine stories by Native Americans compiled by Glenn Welker with links to Indigenous Peoples' Literature.

  • Eskimo Folk-Tales
    Knud Rasmussen's 1921 full text book of Eskimo Folk-Tales.

  • Hawaiian Myths and Legends
    Lists Hawaiian gods, plus various legends.

  • Kokopelli - Trickster - Hopi
    Kokopelli is a fertility deity, usually depicted as a humpbacked flute player (often with a huge phallus and antenna-like protrusions on his head), who is worshipped by many Native American tribes in the Southwestern United States. Like most fertility deities, Kokopelli presides over both childbirth and agriculture. He is also a trickster god.

  • Legends of America
    The owners of a general store present a wonderful collection of history, ghost stories, and legends & myths. Look under Ghostly Legends, Haunted Texas, for stories about El Muerto and La Llorona.

  • List of Indigenous Peoples
    You'd be surprised at how many indigenous peoples are out there. I know I was surprised!

  • Maya Mythology, the Mayan Gods of Mesoamerica
    An amazing civilization starting with the Azpotecs, including the Olmecs and Mixtecs, before ending with the Toltecs, from 250 to 900 AD. Their major city, Teothuacan, was the size of Rome. By using the Find Gods button, you'll find non-Mayan deity, so you might want to begin with the A-Z Index.

  • Native American Horror Legends and Tales
    Divided by Horror Characters and Horror Stories.

  • Native American Indian Legends and Folklore
    Stories from multiple Native American tribes. I still fear the Wendigo the most!

  • Native American Lore Index Page
    Features stories of Native American Indian lore from several tribes across Turtle Island, provided by StoneE Productions. Includes the origin of light, magic arrows, the origin of the buffalo dance, the origin of the Earth, and an Apache creation lore.

  • Native American Mythology
    From the site: "The Native American or Indian peoples of North America do not share a single, unified body of mythology. The many different tribal groups each developed their own stories about the creation of the world, the appearance of the first people, the place of humans in the universe, and the lives and deeds of deities and heroes. Yet despite the immense variety of Native American mythologies, certain mythic themes, characters, and stories can be found in many of the cultures. Underlying all the myths is the idea that spiritual forces can be sensed through the natural world—including clouds, winds, plants, and animals—that they shape and sustain. Many stories explain how the actions of gods, heroes, and ancestors gave the earth its present form.".

  • Native American Tricksters of Myth and Legend
    Tricksters are archetypal characters appearing in the myths and folklore of many groups. This site lists Tricksters from various tribes, including their Native American name and their Animal aspect. Not all Tricksters are bad, but don't buy a used car from any of them!

  • Native Languages of the Americas: Hopi Legends, Myths, and Stories
    Important Hopi Mythological Figures you might recognize include Kokopelli, and Kachinas. Hopi Indian Myths include creation stories, origins of various Hopi clans, and how various animal people performed various tasks. This site also leads to Pueblo, Iroquois, and many other tribes under the heading, Native American Indian Legends and Folklore.

  • 7 Hawaiian Legends Not To Be Ignored
    The Huffington Post lists 7 warnings and advice on how to avoid being swallowed by lava, and death by Night Marcher. Enjoy your visit!

  • 10 Eerie Native American Monsters
    From the site: But if you thought Greek mythology was a bit edgy, you’ll find that even the most disturbing antics of Olympia’s ancient gods seem patently tasteful compared to the macabre legends associated with Native American mythology and culture. These monsters have haunted various corners of North America for thousands of years. Because their tradition was an oral one, many of the stories have variants as diverse as the people who still tell them, but they all have one thing in common: eerie details and gruesome facts that’ll make your skin crawl.

  • 10 Most Terrifying Native American Legends
    Yep, these are pretty bad creatures, and the pictures on this site are awesome! And terrifying!

  • 10 Spooky Hawaiian Legends
    Some of these legends are actually ghost stories. Two examples: the Night Marchers again, and the Haunting of Pearl Harbor.

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