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Native Languages of the Americas:
Ioway Indian Legends, Myths, and Stories
This is our collection of links to Ioway folktales and traditional stories that can be read online.
We have indexed our Native American stories 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 Ioways, the mythology of
related tribes like the Kanza and
Otoe tribes are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Ioway legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please let us know.
Ictinike (also spelled Ishjinki, Ishtinike, and other ways.
Sometimes he is referred to as Old Man Ishjinki.)
Ictinike is the Trickster figure of Missouri, Otoe, and Iowa folklore. Ictinike was the son of the Sun God, but due to his bad behavior
was exiled to earth, where he had many adventures and got in every imaginable kind of trouble.
Dore and Wahre'dua:
These magical twins whose mother was killed by a monster are common to the myths of many Midwestern and Plains tribes.
They are generally portrayed as heroic monster-slayers in Ioway legends.
A man-eating ogre with spikes on his elbows and faces on both sides of his head.
Dwarf-like god of hunting.
A wolf-like monster of Ioway folklore.
Dore and Wahredua:
Iowa legends about the Twin Holy Brothers.
The Adventures of Ictinike:
Iowa story about the trickster Ictinike being bested by Rabbit.
Ictinike and the Buzzard:
Iowa Indian legend about Ictinike's revenge on a buzzard.
Ictinike and the Creators:
Ioway Indian myths about Ictinike's visits to Beaver, Muskrat, Kingfisher, and Flying Squirrel.
The Story of Maianwatahe:
Iowa legend about a boy raised by the dwarf Maianwatahe.
The Bee King and the Snake's Daughters:
An Ioway story about two serpent monsters.
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