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Native Languages of the Americas:
Klamath Indian Legends, Myths, and Stories

This is our collection of links to Klamath folktales and traditional stories that can be read online. We have indexed our Native American legend 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 Klamath, the traditional stories of related tribes like the Shasta and Northern Paiute tribes are very similar.

Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Klamath story for this page or think one of the ones on here should be removed, please let us know.

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Important Klamath Mythological Figures

K'mukamtch (also spelled Kmukamtch, Gmo'Kamc, Kumukumts, or Kmnkamtch): The Creator god of the Klamath tribe.

Klamath Indian Legends

*How Crater Lake Came To Be * The Legend of Crater Lake:
    Klamath stories about the volcanic eruption that created Crater Lake.
*Klamath Folklore:
    Klamath legend about water monsters.

Recommended Books on Klamath Mythology

Coyote Was Going There: Indian Literature of the Oregon Country:
    Excellent collection of folklore from the Klamath and other Oregon tribes.
American Indian Trickster Tales:
    Compilation of more than a hundred stories about Coyote and other Native American tricksters.
    (Use discretion sharing these with kids as some of the stories contain adult humor.)

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Additional Resources

 Klamath religion and expressive traditions
 Klamath words
 Books of Native American myth
 Native spirituality
 Oregon Indian tribes
 Plateau Native Americans
 Penutian languages
 Klamath history
 Native tribes



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