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

This is our collection of links to Chumash stories and folktales 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 Chumash tribe, the traditional stories of related tribes like the Salinan and Seri tribes are very similar.

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Important Chumash Mythological Figures

Hutash: Chumash goddess of the earth. Hutash was the special protector of the Chumash tribe.

Chumash Indian Legends

*Chumash Creation Myth:
    Chumash myth about the flooding of the earth and creation of the Chumash people.
*The Making Of Man:
    Another version of the Chumash story about how humans got their hands.
*The Rainbow Bridge * Linuw: A Story of Place * The Rainbow Bridge * Origin of the Dolphins:
    Myth about how the Chumash people migrated to the mainland.
*Chumash Myths and Stories:
    Several Chumash legends related to the sky.
*Chumash Myths:
    An overview of Chumash cosmology.

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Recommended Books on Chumash Mythology

December's Child: A Book of Chumash Oral Narratives:
    Collection of Chumash legends and folktales.
Surviving Through the Days: Translations of Native California Stories and Songs:
    Anthology of myths and traditional literature from the Chumash and other Native California tribes.

Additional Resources

 Chumash religion and expressive traditions
 The Religion of the Indians of California
 Books of Native American legends
 Chumash words
 Native American spirituality
 California Indians
 California culture area
 Hokan languages
 Chumash culture
 American Indian culture



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