Native Languages of the Americas: 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.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Coushatta story for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please let us know.
Trickster 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.
Mischievous little people of Koasati legend.