Published on December 3, 2012 by Casey
Ducks most often appear in Native American legends as gullible, foolish creatures that are often taken advantage of by trickster animals like Coyote or Fox. However, in some Eastern Algonquian legends the Merganser Duck plays the role of Earthdiver, being the only animal to succeed at diving to the ocean floor to bring up earth for the Creator or other animals to make land with.
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Ducks are also used as clan animals in some Native American cultures. Tribes with Duck Clans include the Chippewa (whose Duck Clan and its totem are called Zhiishiib,) the Menominee (whose Old Squaw Duck Clan is named Osew in Menominee), and the Pueblo tribes of New Mexico. The Caddos also have a Duck Dance among their tribal dance traditions.