Native Languages of the Americas: Karok Indian Legends
This is our collection of links to Karok 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 Karoks, the traditional stories of
related tribes like the Shasta and
Yurok tribes are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Karok legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please contact us and let us know.
(also spelled Ikxaréeyavs, Ikxaréeyavs and other ways):
The inhabitants of the mythic age (sometimes called "spirit people" in English.) Their physical state
is very fluid and they are variously described as animals or natural phenomena at some times, or as humans at others.
Eventually they transformed into the animals and plants as we know them today.
Coyote is the best known of the Ikxareyavs, sometimes having the literal form of a coyote, other times a man.
Karuk coyote stories range from light-hearted tales of mischief and buffoonery to more serious legends about the nature of the world.