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Native Languages of the Americas:
Kalapuya Indian Legends
This is our collection of links to Kalapuya 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 Kalapuyas, the traditional stories of
related tribes like the Takelma and
Chinook tribes are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Kalapuya legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please let us know.
Coyote is the trickster figure of the Kalapuya tribe. As in other Plateau Indian mythology, Kalapuya stories about Coyote range
from light-hearted tales of mischief and buffoonery to more serious legends about the nature of the world.
Amhuluk. This is a Kalapuya sea monster responsible for
drowning humans in the lakes.
Ptchiza (also spelled Ptciza, Pchiza, Petchiza, and other ways.)
This is a Kalapuya version of the French Canadian folk hero Petit-Jean or Ti-Jean. Like his counterparts in European fairytales, Ptchiza usually features in
Kalapuya tales as a resourceful young orphan boy who succeeds at various trials and becomes a chief.
Coyote Takes Water from the Frog People:
Kalapuya Indian myth about Coyote bringing water to the people.
The Story of Amhuluk, the Monster of Wapato Lake:
A Kalapuya story about Amhuluk the sea monster.
Coyote Was Going There: Indian Literature of the Oregon Country:
Excellent anthology of folklore from the Kalapuya, Santiam, Atfalati, and other Oregon tribes.
Indian Legends of the Pacific Northwest:
Collection of legends and folktales from the Kalapuya and other northwestern tribes.
Kalapuya religion and expressive traditions
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