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Native Languages of the Americas:
Cayuse Legends, Myths, and Stories

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 let us know.

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Important Cayuse Mythological Figures

Coyote (Ispilyay): Coyote is the trickster figure of the Cayuse tribe. As in other Plateau Indian mythology, Cayuse Indian stories about Coyote range from light-hearted tales of mischief and buffoonery to more serious legends about the nature of the world.

Cayuse Indian Folklore

*Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation: Stories:
    Legends and oral history from the Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla tribes.

Recommended Books on Cayuse Myth

As Days Go By:
    Interesting book of mythology and history of the Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla tribes.
Coyote Was Going There: Indian Literature of the Oregon Country:
    Excellent collection of folklore from the Cayuse and other Oregon tribes.

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Additional Resources

 Books of American Indian myths
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 Washington reservations
 Plateau culture area
 Native American Indian culture



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