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Native Languages of the Americas:
Esselen Indian Legends, Myths, and Stories
This is our collection of links to Esselen folktales and traditional stories 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
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 Esselens, the traditional stories of
neighboring tribes like the Ohlone and
Yokuts tribes are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Esselen legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please let us know.
Coyote (Machkas, in
the Esselen language): The culture hero of Esselen myths. In some tales, Coyote
plays the mischievous trickter role common in California Indian folklore, but in others, he is a more
serious protagonist who fathers the Costanoan tribes and teaches them the arts of civilization.
Children of Coyote:
Creation myth from the Ohlone/Costanoan Esselen Nation.
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