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Native Languages of the Americas:
Kansa Legends, Myths, and Stories (Kanza, Kaw)

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 Kansas, the traditional stories of related tribes like the Omaha and Osage are very similar.

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Kansa Mythological Figures

Wakanda: The great Creator God of Kansa mythology. 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.

Wild People: Fairy-like little people of Kansa folklore.

Kanza Indian Legends

*Kaw Stories of Spiritual Origin:
    Three versions of the Kansa myth of creation.

Recommended Books of Kansa Stories
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Legends of the Kaw: The Folk-Lore of the Indians of the Kansas River Valley:
    Collection of Kaw Indian legends and oral history.

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Additional Resources

 American Indian legend books
 Indigenous religious traditions
 Kaw Nation
 Kansas words
 Plains Indian cultures
 Siouan language
 Kanza culture
 Native American history

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