Native Languages of the Americas: Chickasaw Legends and Traditional Stories
This is our collection of links to Chickasaw folktales and traditional stories that can be read online.
We have indexed our American Indian folktales 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 Chickasaw tribe, the traditional stories of
related tribes like the
Choctaw and Muscogee are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Chickasaw legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please let us know.
Ababinili (also spelled
Aba Binili, Ubabeneli and other ways):
The Creator God of the Chickasaw tribe. His name is pronounced a-ba-bin-ih-lee and means
"one who sits above" or "dwells above."
Rabbit Trickster (Chokfi or Chukfi):
Rabbit is the trickster figure in the folklore of the Chickasaw and other Muskogean tribes.
His name is pronounced similar to chook-fee, with the first syllable rhyming with "book."
Dragon-like horned serpent of Chickasaw mythology.