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Bannock Indian Legends, Myths, and Stories

This is our index of Bannock folktales and traditional stories that can be read online. We have organized our American Indian myths and legends section by tribe to make them easier to locate; however, variants on the same story 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 Bannock, the traditional stories of related tribes like the Paiute and Shoshone tribes are very similar.

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Important Bannock Mythological Figures

Esa/Wolf: Creator god and culture hero of the Bannock tribe. Like other figures from the mythic age, Esa is usually represented as a man in Bannock stories, but sometimes takes on the literal form of a wolf.

Ejupa/Coyote: Wolf's younger brother, Coyote is a trickster figure. Though he often assists his brother and sometimes even does good deeds for the people, Coyotes behavior is so irresponsible and frivolous that he is constantly getting himself and those around him into trouble.

Bannock Indian Folklore

*Since Time Immemorial:
    Shoshone-Bannock migration myth.
*The Wolf, the Fox, the Bobcat and the Cougar:
    Legend about four animal spirits that helped the Shoshone-Bannocks defeat the warlike Little People.
*Ejupa and the Seasons:
    Bannock story about the origin of the four seasons.

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Recommended Books on Bannock Mythology

Coyote Was Going There: Indian Literature of the Oregon Country:
    Excellent collection of folklore from the Bannock and other Oregon tribes.
Sage Smoke: Tales of the Shoshoni-Bannock Indians:
    Collection of Shoshone and Bannock legends.
Indian Legends from the Northern Rockies:
    Anthology of folklore from the Bannock and other Great Basin tribes.

Additional Resources

 Bannock tribe
 Books of American Indian myth
 Indian religions
 Oregon tribes
 Great Basin tribes
 Uto-Aztecan languages
 Native American website

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