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

This is our collection of links to Chemehuevi folktales and traditional stories that can be read online. We have indexed our Native American legends and myths 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 Chemehuevi, the traditional stories of related tribes like the Southern Paiute and Shoshone tribes are very similar.

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Important Chemehuevi Mythological Figures

Sinawava (Coyote): The culture hero of Chemehuevi mythology. Though he is a trickster figure whose frivolous, irresponsible behavior is constantly causing trouble for everyone around him, Coyote also plays a more serious role as benefactor and teacher of the Chemehuevi people.

Tivaci (Wolf): Coyote's wise older brother. Wolf usually plays the "straight man" in Chemehuevi stories, bringing Coyote back to life whenever his antics get him killed and scolding him for his bad behavior. Some versions of Chemehuevi myths name this character Puma instead.

Chemehuevi Indian Folklore

*Chemehuevi Religious Beliefs and Practices:
    Anthropology article on the mythology and ritual life of the Chemehuevi people.
*Coyote Tales of the Mojave Desert:
    Coyote stories from the Chemehuevi, Kawaiisu and Tubatulabal tribes.

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Recommended Books on Chemehuevi Myth

Mirror and Pattern: George Laird's World of Chemehuevi Mythology:
    Collection of legends and folklore recorded by the wife of a Chemehuevi story-teller.

Additional Resources

 Chemehuevi religion and expressive traditions
 Books of American Indian myth
 Indian religion
 California tribes
 Plateau cultures
 Uto-Aztecan language
 Native American Indian websites



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