Native Languages of the Americas: Comanche Indian Legends
This is our collection of links to Comanche 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 Comanches, the traditional stories of
related tribes like the Shoshone and
Paiute tribes are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Comanche legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please let us know.
Coyote is the Comanche trickster figure. As in many Southwestern tribes, he is a clever creature
and often helps humans, but is constantly getting into trouble due to character flaws
considered socially unacceptable by Comanche people (greed, dishonesty, recklessness,
impatience, etc.) Many storytellers refer to him affectionately as the brother of the Comanches.
Hold Up The Sky:
Anthology of legends from the Comanche and other Texas tribes.
Legend of the Bluebonnet:
Illustrated children's book based on a Comanche legend.
American Indian Trickster Tales:
Compilation of more than a hundred stories about Coyote and other Native American tricksters.
(Use discretion sharing these with kids as some of the stories contain adult humor.)