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Comox Indian Legends, Myths, and Stories

This is our collection of links to Comox stories and folktales that can be read online. We have indexed our Native American legends and myths 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 Comox, the traditional stories of related tribes like the Sechelt and Straits Salish tribes are very similar.

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Important Comox Mythological Figures

Raven: Raven is the culture hero of the Comox and other northern Salish tribes. He is a revered and benevolent figure who helps the people, but at the same time, he is also a trickster character and many Comox stories about Raven have to do with his frivolous or poorly thought out behavior getting him into trouble.

Kumsnootl (also spelled Kumsno'ol): A Transformer figure of Comox legend, who brought balance to the world by using his powers to change people, animals, and the landscape into the forms they have today. His name means "Our Elder Brother," but he is sometimes also known as the Changer.

Mink: Mink is another Comox trickster character. Indeed, some of Raven's more light-hearted adventures are sometimes told with Mink as the protagonist instead. However, compared with Raven, Mink is a more negative character who primarily embodies traits that are looked down upon by the Comox people (greed, recklessness, arrogance, inappropriate sexual behavior, poor hygiene, etc.) Comox stories about Mink are often humorous, but also are cautionary tales about how not to behave.

Comox Indian Folklore

*The Legend of Queneesh * Queneesh and Other Myths * K’ómoks/Pentlatch Legend:
    Comox legends about the flooding of the earth.

Recommended Books on Comox Mythology
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Salish Myths and Legends:
    Anthology of legends and traditional stories from the Comox and other Salish tribes.

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Additional Resources

 American Indian books of mythology
 Native religion
 Nations of British Columbia
 The Northwest Coast
 Salishan language
 Indian language translation

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