Native American Mermaids of Myth and Legend

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Native American Mermaids
Native American Mermaids of Myth and Legend

Mermaids in Various Tribes

  • Halfway People (Mi’kmaq)
  • Lumpeguin (Maliseet)
  • Ne Hwas (Passamaquoddy)
  • Nibiinaabe (Ojibway)
  • Water-Babies (Western tribes)

Native American Mermaid Stories

Ne Hwas, the Mermaid:
Passamaquoddy tale of two girls who turned into mermaids.

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The Men Who Visited the Sun:
Potawatomi legend about the origin of the first merman.

The Lost Boy:
Delaware legend about a boy who married a mermaid.

The Mermaid:
Sekani legend about a man who married a mermaid.

Recommended Books about Mermaids in Native American Mythology

Mermaids and Medicine Women:
Interesting book of Ojibwe folktales about mermaids and other female spirits, told by a Native author.

Mermaids and Mermen:
Good kids’ collection of mermaid stories from world mythology, including Native American lore.

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