Native Languages of the Americas: Cayuse Indian Legends
This is our collection of links to Cayuse folktales and traditional stories that can be read online.
We have indexed our Native American 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 Cayuse tribe, the traditional stories of
related tribes like the Nez Perce and
Umatilla tribes are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Cayuse legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please contact us and let us know.
(Ispilyay): Coyote is the trickster figure of the Cayuse tribe. As in other Plateau Indian mythology, Cayuse coyote stories range
from light-hearted tales of mischief and buffoonery to more serious legends about the nature of the world.