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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 Modoc 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.
K'mukamtch (also spelled Kmukamtch, Gmo'Kamc, Kumukumts, or Kmnkamtch):
The Creator god of the Klamath tribe.
How Crater Lake Came To Be The Legend of Crater Lake:
Klamath stories about the volcanic eruption that created Crater Lake.
Klamath legend about water monsters.
Mythology of the California Tribes:
Early 20th-century collection of Klamath and other California Indian legends.
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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