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