Native Languages of the Americas: Creek Legends, Myths, and Stories (Muskogee, Muscogee)
This is our collection of links to Creek stories and folktales that can be read online.
We have indexed our Native American mythology 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 Creeks, the traditional stories of
related tribes like the
Choctaw and Chickasaw are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Creek legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please let us know.
By-The-Door and Thrown-Away (also known as Lodge Boy and Bad Boy.)
These mythical twins, born when their pregnant mother was killed by a monster, are common to the folklore of many Midwestern and Eastern tribes.
In Creek mythology, they are generally portrayed as rowdy monster-slayers who cause a lot of trouble during the
course of their adventures.
Rabbit, the trickster figure in the folklore of the Creek and other Muskogean tribes.
A kind of hairy, man-eating ogre. Some recent Creek story-tellers have translated it as "gorilla."
Tie-Snakes. These are mythological water spirits common
to the folklore of Southeastern tribes. They are the size and shape of an ordinary snake, but have immense strength.
In Creek stories, Tie-Snakes lived underwater and
were feared for their ability to catch humans and drag them underwater to drown.
Isti Papa (Man-Eater):
A giant cannibal monster common to southeastern Indian legends. Although some storytellers describe it as resembling a giant bear
or elephant, most Creek people associate it with a big cat, and its name is translated as "Lion" or "Great Lion" in many stories.
The Great Ball Game:
Picture book illustrating a Creek legend about a contest between the animals and the birds.
Southeastern Native American Legends:
Book comparing traditional Muskogee stories with the stories of other Southeast tribes.
American Indian Trickster Tales:
Compilation of more than a hundred stories about Rabbit and other Native American tricksters.
(Use discretion sharing these with kids as some of the stories contain adult humor.)