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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.

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Important Kawaiisu Mythological Figures

Coyote: 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.

Kawaiisu Indian Folklore

*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:
    Book about traditional Kawaiisu legends, stories, and religious traditions.

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Additional Resources

 The Religion of the Indians of California
 Books of Native mythology
 Native American religious beliefs
 Indian tribes of California
 Uto Aztecan languages
 Kawaiisu culture
 Indian culture



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