This is our index of Bribri stories and folktales that can be read online.
We have organized our American Indian 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 Bribris, the traditional stories of
other Isthmic tribes like the Miskito and
Cabecar tribes are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Bribri story for this page, please let us know.
The culture hero of the Bribri tribe. Sibú is a benign demigod who creates the earth, adapts it for
human use, and teaches the Bribris the arts of civilization.
Bé: A race of malevolent devils or
demons who seek to destroy humankind, but are bested by Sibú and by the Bribri heroes of legends.
Iriria: The Earth. Originally she was the daughter
of the Tapir (Namaitmi), who was Sibú's sister. However, Sibú sacrificed her to transform her into the earth. Because of this,
both Iriria and tapirs were venerated by the Bribris.