Bird Legends & Indigenous People

There are some good websites hosted by native cultural centers that have legends about birds and the relationship of the people to birds. A few of these resources are listed here. The first two sites are from teaching modules that focus on Indian education. There are some excellent resources here! REVIEW 3-4 of the stories listed below (most are very short!).

Many cultures have used birds for a variety of purposes. For one example, refer to the article “Traditional use of the Andean flicker (Colaptes rupicola) as a galactagogue in the Peruvian Andes” from the Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine.


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