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Native Languages of the Americas:
Kawaiisu Indian Legends
This is our collection of links to Kawaiisu folktales and traditional stories that can be read online.
We have indexed our Native Indian 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 Kawaiisu, the traditional stories of
related tribes like the Chemehuevi and
Paiute tribes are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Kawaiisu story for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please let us know.
Coyote is the culture hero of Kawaiisu legend. As in other tribes of California and the Great Basin,
Kawaiisu stories about Coyote range from light-hearted tales of mischief and buffoonery to more serious legends
about the nature of the world.
Coyote Tales of the Mojave Desert:
Chemehuevi, Tubatulabal, and Kawaiisu stories about Coyote.
Recommended Books on Kawaiisu Myth
Kawaiisu Mythology: An Oral Tradition of South-Central California:
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Book about traditional Kawaiisu legends, stories, and religious traditions.
The Religion of the Indians of California
American Indian folklore books
Indian religious traditions
Native American tribes of California
Uto Aztecan language family
Different Native American cultures
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