The Great Spirit

The Great Spirit is a universally accepted native god, venerated as being the essence of every living creature. Some say he governs the land of the dead, the Happy Hunting Grounds.

He goes by a few names, including Wakan Tanka for the Sioux, Gitche Manitou for the Algonquin, and simply Grandfather for the Lakota. Most Native Americans say he created the world and all its creatures, taught humankind how to behave, and then departed to rule the Happy Hunting Grounds.

The Hopi Pueblo call the Great Spirit a female, Spider Grandmother. She, too, is said to have created the world.

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