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Alabama Legends, Myths, and Stories

This is our index of Alabama folktales and traditional stories that can be read online. We have organized our Native American tales section by tribe to make them easier to locate; however, variants on the same legend are often told by American Indians from different tribes, especially if those tribes are kinfolk or neighbors to each other. In particular, though these legends come from the Alabama tribe, the traditional stories of related tribes like the Chickasaw and Creek are very similar.

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Alabama Mythological Figures

Click on each character's name for more detailed information about his or her role in Alabama folklore.

Trickster Rabbit (Cokfi or Chokfi): Rabbit is the trickster figure in the folklore of the Alabama and other Muskogean tribes.

Big Man-Eater (Atipa-Tcoba): A giant cannibal monster common to southeastern Indian legends. Modern Alabama and Koasati people identify them with elephants; some people believe Alabama stories about them may have been based on fossils or prehistoric depictions of mammoths.

Atosee: Mischievous little people of Alabama legend.

Alabama Indian Folklore

*Alabama Myths and Tales: E-book of Swanton's 1929 collection of Alabama legends.
*Origin of the Alabama Indians
*Alabama Flood Legend
*Rabbit Rescues the Sun
*The Men Who Went To The Sky
*Rabbit and the Orphan
*Terrapin and the Wolves

*The Celestial Canoe * The Celestial Skiff:
    Alabama legends about a man who married a sky-maiden.
*The Origin of Fire * How Fire Came:
    Alabama myth about how humans won fire from the bear.
*Rabbit and Big Man-Eater * The Adventures of Rabbit and Big Man Eater * Rabbit and Big Man-Eater:
    Rabbit Kills Big Man-Eater:
    Alabama stories about Rabbit's encounters with a Big Man-Eater.
Rabbit and the Turkeys:
    Alabama story about Rabbit tricking some turkeys... and his own grandmother!

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Recommended Books on Alabama Mythology
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*Myths and Folktales of the Alabama-Coushatta Indians of Texas:
    Good collection of Alabama Indian myths.
*When the Storm God Rides: Tejas and other Indian Legends:
    Anthology of stories from the Alabama, Comanche and Caddo tribes.
Southeastern Native American Legends:
    Traditional stories of the Alabama and other Southeast tribes.

Additional Resources

 Alabama-Coushatta symbols and rituals
 Books of Native American myths
 Native American religion
 Alabama language
 Alabama Indian tribes
 Southeast Native Americans
 Muskogean language group
 Alabama culture
 American Indian nations

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