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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.

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Kato Mythological Figures

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.

Kato Indian Stories

*Kato Creation Myth * The Earth Dragon:
    Kato stories about the origin of the world.
*Cahto Stories:
    Kato Indian legends, some in the original Kato language as well as English.
*Stories of the Cahto Tribe:
    Online collection of Cahto legends and traditional stories.
*God Had A Dog:
    Kato story about Nagaicho's dog.

Recommended Books of Kato Stories

Kato Texts:
    Collection of Kato legends and traditional stories.

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