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Coushatta Legends and Traditional Stories (Koasati)

This is our collection of links to Coushatta folktales and traditional stories that can be read online. We have indexed our Native American tales 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 Coushatta tribe, the traditional stories of related tribes like the Alabama and Muscogee are very similar.

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Coushatta Mythological Figures

Rabbit (Cokfi or Chokfi): Rabbit is the trickster figure of Coushatta legend. He is mischievous and frequently gets himself into trouble, but usually manages to use his wits to get himself back out again.

Big Man-Eater (Atipacoba or Atipa-Coba): A giant cannibal monster common to southeastern Indian legends. Modern Alabama and Koasati people identify them with elephants; some people believe stories about them may have been based on fossils or prehistoric depictions of mammoths.

Atosi: Mischievous little people of Koasati legend.

Coushatta Indian Folklore

*Koasati Myths and Tales:
    E-book of Swanton's 1929 collection of Koasati legends.
*The Origin of Fire:
    Alabama-Coushatta myth about how humans won fire from the bear.

Recommended Books on Coushatta Mythology
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*Myths and Folktales of the Alabama-Coushatta Indians of Texas:
    Good collection of Alabama-Coushatta legends.
Southeastern Native American Legends:
    Book comparing the traditional stories of the Koasati and other Southeast tribes.

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Additional Resources

 Alabama-Coushatta symbols and rituals
 Indian legend books
 Native American belief
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 Alabama Indians
 Native Americans of the Southeast
 Native American tribe names

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