Native North American Mythologies

Earth Divers and Emergers

Are there flood myths in North America?

As is evident from the Navajo creation myth, floods, as in other cultures, serve a purpose of cleansing, leading to new birth. We have seen the flood motif in the Cherokee Grandmother Sun myth and in the Papago Coyote myth, in which the trickster saves himself and the people from a flood in a huge canoe. The Algonquian peoples have flood stories, including one in which the trickster Manabozho’s rashness almost leads to his demise in a flood.


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