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Klallam Indian Legends (S'Klallam, Clallam)

This is our collection of links to Klallam 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 Klallams, the traditional stories of related tribes like the Saanich and Squamish tribes are very similar.

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Important Klallam Mythological Figures

Basket Ogress: A giant cannibal monster. In Klallam stories, the orgress usually catches human children and carries them off in her enormous pack basket.

Klallam Indian Folklore

*Weather Myths of Cascadia:
    Stories from the Quileute, Makah, and Klallam tribes.

Recommended Books on Klallam Mythology
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Salish Myths and Legends:
    Anthology of legends and traditional stories from the Klallam and other Salish tribes.
Indian Legends of the Pacific Northwest:
    Collection of legends and folktales from the Klallam and other northwestern tribes.

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Additional Resources

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