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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Clarence Birdseye is attributed with bringing quick frozen foods to the masses. He got the idea during his fur trapping expeditions to Labrador in 1912 and 1916, where he saw the Native Americans and Aboriginals use freezing to preserve foods.

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