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Coeur d'Alene Indian Legends

This is our collection of links to Coeur d'Alene folktales and traditional stories 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 Coeur d'Alenes, the traditional stories of other Salish tribes like the Flathead and Okanagan tribes are very similar.

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Important Coeur D'Alene Mythological Figures

Coyote. Coyote is the trickster figure of Coeur D'Alene folklore. Coyote is foolish and boastful, and so stories about him are often humorous in nature; however, he is a well-meaning creature who usually acts for the good of humankind.

Coeur d'Alene Legends

*Dog Goes For Fire:
    Short Coeur d'Alene legend about the domestication of dogs.

Recommended Books on Coeur d'Alene Mythology

An Analysis of Coeur d'Alene Indian Myths:
    Book examining Coeur d'Alene legends and traditional narratives.
Landscape Traveled by Coyote and Crane:
    Book on the worldview and religious traditions of the Coeur d'Alene Indians.
Salish Myths and Legends:
    Anthology of legends and traditional stories from the Coeur d'Alene and other Salish tribes.
Indian Legends from the Northern Rockies:
    Anthology of folklore from the Coeur d'Alene and other Plateau tribes.

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Additional Resources

 Coeur d'Alene religion and expressive traditions
 Books of Native American legends
 Native American religions
 Coeur d'Alene words
 Idaho Indian tribes
 Plateau Indian tribes
 Salishan languages
 Coeur d'Alene culture
 American Indian cultures



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