Native Languages of the Americas: Comox Indian Legends
This is our collection of links to Comox folktales and traditional stories 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.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Comox legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
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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, common to the mythology of many Northwest Coast tribes, 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 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.) Stories about Mink are often humorous, but also are cautionary tales about how not to behave.