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Kiowa Indian Legends, Myths, and Stories

This is our collection of links to Kiowa 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 Kiowas, the traditional stories of other Southern Plains Indians like the Comanche and Wichita tribes are very similar.

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Important Kiowa Mythological Figures

Sendeh (also spelled Sende, Senday, Sainday, Sayn-Day, and other ways.) Sendeh is the trickster/transformer culture hero of the Kiowa tribe. Unlike trickster spirits in most Plains Indian tribes, Sendeh is consistently depicted as a human man, not an animal such as a coyote or spider; and though traditional tales often revolve around Sendeh causing mischief, getting into trouble, and behaving in humorously inappropriate ways, he is a generally benign character who does not commit villainous acts and often helps the Kiowa people.

Kiowa Indian Folklore

*Story of the Bears' Lodge:
    Kiowa legend about the origin of the Pleiades.
*The Buffalo Go * The Passing of the Buffalo:
    Kiowa stories about the destruction of the buffalo herds.
*Legend of Wolf Boy:
    Kiowa myth about a boy deceived by his wicked sister-in-law.
*Sendeh Cheats The Soldier:
    A funny Kiowa legend about the trickster fooling some soldiers.
*White Crow Hides the Animals:
    Kiowa legend explaining why crows are scavengers.

Recommended Books on Kiowa Mythology
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Hold Up The Sky:
    Anthology of legends from the Kiowa and other Southern Plains tribes.
The First Fire:
    Collection of stories from the Kickapoo, Cherokee, Kiowa, and Tigua tribes.

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Additional Resources

 Kiowa religion and expressive traditions
 Native American folklore books
 Indian religious beliefs
 Kiowa tribe of Oklahoma
 Kiowa language
 Oklahoma Indians
 Indians of the Plains
 Comparing Native American cultures

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