Native Languages of the Americas: Kansa Legends and Traditional Stories
This is our collection of links to Kansa legends 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
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 Kansa, the traditional stories of
related tribes like the
Omaha and Osage are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Kansa legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please contact us and let us know.
Wakanda (also spelled Waucondah or Wakonda):
The great Creator God of the Kansa and their relatives. Wakanda is an abstract spirit
who is never personified in Kansa legends, but observes the behavior of the Kansa people and may
reward or punish people who deserve it. Since the arrival of Christian missionaries, Wakanda has
become identified with the Biblical God, and today most Kansa people consider them to be one
and the same.