Native Languages of the Americas: Bannock Indian Legends, Myths, and Stories
This is our collection of links to Bannock folktales and traditional stories that can be read online.
We have indexed 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.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Bannock legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please let us know.
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.
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.