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

This is our collection of links to Chitimacha stories and legends 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 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 Chitimachas, the traditional stories of related tribes like the Tunica and Natchez are very similar.

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Chitimacha Mythological Figures

Man-Eater (Neka-ci Ckami): Elephantine monster which ate people and tore up trees with its great strength.

Chitimacha Indian Legends

How The World Was Made: * How the Great Spirit Made the World:
    Chitimacha myths about the creation of the world.
The Origin of Fire:
    Chitimacha legend about how fire came to the people.
The First Canoe:
    Chitimacha myth about the origin of canoes.
Why The Blackbird Has Red Wings:
    Chitimacha story about the red-winged blackbird.
The Legend of Bayou Teche:
    Chitimacha Indian legend about a fight with a giant serpent.
The Little Bird That Could Talk:
    Chitimacha folktales about the wren.

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Recommended Books on Chitimacha Mythology

Southeastern Native American Legends:
    Book comparing the traditional stories of the Chitimacha and other Southeast tribes.

Additional Resources

 Chitimacha sun worship
 Books of American Indian legends
 Native American religions
 Indian tribes of Louisiana
 Southeastern Native Americans
 Muskogean Indians
 Chitimacha culture
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