Native Languages of the Americas: Chehalis Indian Legends
This is our collection of links to Chehalis folktales and traditional stories that can be read online.
We have indexed 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 Chehalis, the traditional stories of
related tribes like the Quinault and
Cowlitz tribes are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Chehalis story for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please let us know.
A Transformer figure, common to the mythology of many Northwest Coast tribes, who brought balance to the
world by using his powers to change people, animals, and the landscape into the forms they have today.
Bluejay (or Blue Jay):
The trickster hero of the Chehalis and many other Salishan tribes.
Bluejay is generally a benevolent being who is helpful to humankind, but he is also extremely foolish and careless,
and Chehalis stories about him are often humorous or even slapstick in nature.
Whun (also spelled Xwun, Honne, and other ways):
This is another Chehalis trickster character. Although he plays an important role in the Chehalis
creation myth, his pranks are more socially inappropriate than Bluejay's,
and stories about him tend to feature a lot of adult humor.
Large, hairy wild men of the forest. Sometimes they are called the Night People
or referred to by the name Sasquatch, which was borrowed from the neighboring
Halkomelem tribe. Although Siatco are spirit beings with dangerous powers, if they are treated respectfully they
do not harm people and may even bring them gifts.