Native American Magpie Mythology

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Native American Magpie Mythology

Magpies play different roles in the folklore of different Native American tribes. In the legends of some tribes, Magpie is portrayed as a gossip and busybody who annoys the other animals. In other legends, Magpie is a loyal friend of humans who warns them of danger or takes up their cause in times of trouble. In Cheyenne tradition, the magpie is considered a sacred messenger of the Creator.

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Magpies are also used as clan animals in some Native American cultures. Tribes with Magpie Clans include the Hopi tribe, whose Magpie Clan is named Posiwngyam.

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