Native Languages of the Americas: Kato Indian Legends, Myths, and Stories
This is our collection of links to Kato 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
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 Katos, the traditional stories of
related tribes like the Hupa and
Wailaki tribes are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Kato legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please let us know.
Nagaicho (also spelled Nagaitco or Naaghaichow):
The great Creator God of Kato mythology.
Coyote (Ch'siitcing in the Kato language, also spelled Tseching):
The trickster character of Kato folklore. Kato stories about Coyote range
from light-hearted tales of mischief and buffoonery, to more serious legends about the nature of the world, to ribald jokes.