Na·tive A·mer·i·can: Any member of the indigenous peoples of North, Central, and South America, especially those indigenous to what’s now known as the continental United States.
Turtle Island Map Directory
Our map provides a comprehensive list of tribes and their associated attractions/resources. Use the map to learn and explore more about the tribes, events, tourist attractions, and more in any state or province!
Native American tribes and communities use the Turtle Island folklore story to explain the creation of the North American continent as we know it today. Although specific details vary by tribe, the general concept remains the same throughout.
According to Native American oral tradition, the Earth started covered entirely with water. Numerous animals unsuccessfully tried to carry dirt from the ocean floor to the surface, but the muskrat was the only creature capable of doing so. The muskrat continued to gather dirt and place it on the back of a turtle. Eventually, the ground began to multiply and grow until it became a massive expanse of land we know today as North America.
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