The dragonfly has many myths and legends surrounding it all over the world. Here in the America’s, Native Americans have many different views on the dragonfly. Some believe it is a grantor of wishes, some believe they can foretell a storm coming if they are seen in swarms. Still there are other stories that refer to dragonflies as “dragon hawks”, because they dine on the annoying insects we know as mosquitoes. There is a myth that states the dragonfly is a “snake doctor”, because it can be seen sitting on top of snakes, appearing to heal or entrance the snake, this is a myth.
Many Native Americans also believe that the coming of the dragonfly in summer give ways to good harvesting. One Zuni Myth is about two children who were left behind by the villagers, who left, when the corn crops failed. The little boy constructed a toy dragonfly from corn husks to cheer up his sister. The dragonfly eventually came to life and appeased the corn maiden who created a bountiful corn harvest to welcome the villages back.
There are innumerable totems dedicated to the dragonfly by these cultures. Perhaps I am drawn to the dragonfly because of my heritage as part of my own Native American culture. My feelings to being drawn to nature, and the dragonfly, have always been very strong. The dragonfly is said to reflect feelings of change for a person. Maybe I have needed a change or enlightenment at sometime when the dragonfly has appeared in my life. Some may even say that there may need to be a new perspective taken on things.