This is our collection of links to Cayuga folktales and traditional stories that can be read online.
We have indexed our American Indian stories 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, so you may also want to visit our page comparing
the stories from the Iroquois tribes (which
include the Oneida, Onondaga, Seneca, Mohawk, and Cayuga Indians), since the traditional stories of those
tribes are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Cayuga legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please contact us and let us know.
The Cayuga mother goddess, said to have fallen through a hole in the sky.
Good Spirit and Bad Spirit:
The culture heroes of the Cayuga tribe. In most Iroquois legends, the twins are
grandsons of Sky Woman and their mother dies in childbirth; however, in Cayuga
legends the twins are usually said to be Sky Woman's sons.
Good Spirit (sometimes known as Sapling) was the benefactor of the Cayugas, slew monsters
and created many things to help humankind; his twin Bad Spirit (sometimes known as Flint)
was evil and caused destruction.
Powerful storm spirits who live in the sky and cause thunder and lightning. Although they are
dangerous beings and their gaze can bring death to mortal men, they usually play a positive
role in Cayuga legends and are typically portrayed as honorable and fair.
A giant, hairless bear monster. Some people associate them with mammoths.