Native Languages of the Americas: Hupa Legends, Myths, and Stories
This is our collection of links to Hupa folktales and traditional stories that can be read online.
We have indexed our Native American myths 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 Hupas, the traditional stories of
neighboring tribes like the Shasta and
Karuk tribes are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Hupa legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please let us know.
(also spelled Yimantuwingyai, Yinantuwingyan, Yimankyuwinxoiyan and other ways):
The Hupa culture hero. He is sometimes known as "Old-man-across-the-ocean" in English.
He plays the role of both trickster and transformer in Hupa myths; he is
a heroic monster-slayer who helps shape the world for humankind, but in many stories his
foolish and reckless behavior also causes trouble for himself and the people around him.