Published on December 3, 2012 by Casey
Cranes are associated with good luck in many Native American tribes. Native fishermen, especially, used to consider it a good omen to see a crane while fishing. In some Native American folklore, Crane plays the role of peacemaker. In others, he is notable for his vanity. To the Anishinabe tribes, cranes represented leadership and skill at speaking, and the Cheyennes associated sandhill cranes with lightning.
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Cranes are also used as clan animals in some Native American cultures. Tribes with Crane Clans include the Chippewa (whose Crane Clan and its totem are called Baswenaazhi or Ajijaak,) the Menominee, the Hopi (whose Crane Clan is called Atokngyam), the Zuni (whose Crane Clan name is Kalokta-kwe,) and other Pueblo tribes of New Mexico.