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Assiniboine Indian Legends, Myths, and Stories

This is our index of Assiniboine folktales and traditional stories that can be read online. We have organized our Native American legends 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 Assiniboines, the mythology of related tribes like the Stoney and Dakota Sioux tribes are very similar.

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Important Assiniboine Mythological Figures

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

Sitcon'ski: This is the Assiniboine trickster figure. Although he is portrayed as a man in Assiniboine folklore, he shares many similarities with the spider trickster Iktomi of the related Dakota and Lakota Sioux tribes, and many of the same stories are told in different Siouan tribes with only the identity of the protagonist differing. Indeed, Sitcon'ski is even referred to by the borrowed Sioux name "Inktomi" by some Assiniboine storytellers.

Thunder-Bird: The Thunder-Bird is a powerful sky spirit of Assiniboine legend. It has the form of a giant bird, with wings that make the sound of thunder and eyes that shoot lightning. The Thunderbird is said to be the mortal enemy of the horned serpent.

Assiniboine Indian Folklore

*Icmá the Bear:
    Folktale about the adventures of a young Assiniboine hero.
*The Crane and the Otter:
    Assiniboine legend telling how otters got their thick fur.
*The Story of Hungry Wolf:
    Assiniboine story about an unfaithful Gros Ventre wife.

Recommended Books on Assiniboine Myth
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How the Summer Season Came: * How the Morning and Evening Stars Came to Be:
    Two good collections of Assiniboine Indian stories told by a tribal elder.
Assiniboine Memories: Legends of the Nakota People:
    Assiniboine legends and oral history from Fort Belknap.
Indian Legends from the Northern Rockies:
    Anthology of folklore from the Assiniboin and other Northern Plains tribes.
American Indian Trickster Tales:
    Compilation of more than a hundred stories about Sitconski and other Native American tricksters.
    (Use discretion sharing these with kids as some of the stories contain adult humor.)

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