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Native Languages of the Americas:
Cowlitz Indian Legends, Myths, and Stories

This is our collection of links to Cowlitz 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 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 Cowlitz tribe, the traditional stories of related tribes like the Chehalis and Tillamook tribes are very similar.

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Important Cowlitz Mythological Figures

Blue Jay: The trickster hero of the Cowlitz and other southern Salishan tribes. Blue Jay is generally a benevolent being who is helpful to humankind, but he is also extremely foolish and careless, and Cowlitz stories about him are often humorous or even slapstick in nature.

Xwa'ni: This is another Cowlitz trickster character. His pranks are more socially inappropriate than Blue Jay's, and stories about him tend to feature a lot of adult humor.

Cowlitz Indian Legends

*Why There Are No Snakes On Takhoma:
    Cowlitz myth about the flooding of the earth.

Recommended Books on Cowlitz Mythology

Legends of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe:
    Collection of Cowlitz legends and folktales.
Salish Myths and Legends:
    Anthology of legends and traditional stories from the Cowlitz and other Salish tribes.

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Additional Resources

 Cowlitz religion and expressive traditions
 Books of Native American myths
 Indian religions
 Washington Native American Indians
 The Northwest Coast
 Northwest arts
 Salishan Indians
 Native American tribes



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