Native Languages of the Americas: Kootenai Legends, Myths, and Stories (Kootenay)
This is our collection of links to Kootenai legends 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 Kootenai tribe, the traditional stories of
neighboring tribes like the
Salish and Okanagan are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Kootenai story for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please let us know.
Coyote is the trickster figure of Kootenai mythology. As in other Plateau Indian folklore,
Kootenai stories about Coyote range from light-hearted tales of mischief and buffoonery to more
serious legends about the nature of the world.