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

This is our collection of links to Crow 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 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 Crows, the traditional stories of related tribes like the Mandan and Hidatsa tribes are very similar.

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Important Crow Mythological Figures

Old-Man-Coyote: Coyote played the role of both Creator and trickster in Crow mythology. In some versions of the Crow creation myth there were actually two Coyotes, the Old Man Coyote who created people, animals, and the earth, and a regular Coyote who had adventures and got into trouble. In other versions, they were one and the same.

Thrown-Behind-Curtain and Thrown-In-Spring (or Lodge-Boy and Thrown-Away.) These mythical twins whose mother was killed by a monster are common to the folklore of many Midwestern and Plains tribes. They are generally portrayed as heroic monster-slayers in Crow stories.

Nirumbee: Goblin-like little people of Crow folklore.

Greasy Breast: Dwarven hero of Crow folklore.

Crow Indian Folklore

*Old Man at the Beginning * Old Man Coyote Makes The World:
    Crow myths about the creation of the world.
*Red Shield and Running Wolf:
    Legend about a Sioux woman who married a Crow warrior.
*Lodge-Boy and Thrown-Away:
    Crow legend about two mythical brothers.
*The Origin of Tobacco:
    Crow legend about how tobacco came to the Crows and Hidatsas.
*Apsaroke Myth and Legend:
    Early 20th-century collection of Crow legends.

Recommended Books on Crow Mythology
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From the Heart of the Crow Country:
    Crow legends, traditional stories, and oral history narrated by a tribal elder.
Myths and Traditions of the Crow Indians:
    Classic collection of Crow legends and folklore.
Brave Wolf and the Thunderbird:
    Children's book by a Native author illustrating a traditional Crow Indian story about a man who helps the thunderbirds.
Indian Legends from the Northern Rockies:
    Anthology of folklore from the Crow and other Northern Plains tribes.
American Indian Trickster Tales:
    Compilation of more than a hundred stories about Coyote and other Native American tricksters.
    (Use discretion sharing these with kids as some of the stories contain adult humor.)

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Additional Resources

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