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Native Languages of the Americas:
Columbian Indian Legends, Myths, and Stories (Columbia)

This is our collection of links to Columbian stories and folktales that can be read online. We have indexed our Indian legends section by tribe to make them easier to locate; however, variants on the same story 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 Columbians, the traditional stories of related tribes like the Salish and Okanagan tribes are very similar.

Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Columbian legend for this page or think one of the ones on here should be removed, please contact us and let us know.

Important Columbian Mythological Figures

Coyote: The trickster hero of the Columbian and other Interior Salish tribes. Coyote is foolish and boastful, and so Columbian stories about him are often humorous in nature; however, he is a well-meaning creature who usually acts for the good of humankind.

Columbian Indian Stories

*Creation of the First Indians:
    Chelan (Moses-Columbia) legend about the creation of man.

Recommended Books on Columbian Mythology

Salish Myths and Legends:
    Anthology of legends and traditional stories from the Columbian and other Salish tribes.

Additional Resources

 Books of American Indian myth
 Columbian words
 Native American religion
 Native Americans in Washington
 Plateau cultures
 Salishans
 Columbian culture
 American Indian cultures



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