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Native Languages of the Americas:
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.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Kiowa legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please let us know.
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
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
Hold Up The Sky:
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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.
Kiowa religion and expressive traditions
Native American folklore books
Indian religious beliefs
Kiowa tribe of Oklahoma
Indians of the Plains
Comparing Native American cultures
Back to American Indian animals
Read some books by Indian authors
Learn more about the Kiowa tribe.
Native American geneology
Indian dog names
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