Native North American Mythologies

Earth Divers and Emergers

What types of creation myths exist in Native North America?

Several types of creation myths exist in Native North America. Creations from clay and other materials are represented here by the Coyote myth and Raven myth just discussed. World-parent creations usually involve the body of the first deities becoming elements of the world, as in the case of the Zuni world-parent myth, also treated earlier. Or, the parent is in some way sacrificed and his or her body parts become the world. By far the two most common types of creation myths among Native Americans are the earth-diver creation and the emergence creation.


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