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Native American Indian Legends and Folklore



This page is our collection of Native American folktales and traditional stories that can be read online. We have indexed these stories tribe by tribe to make them easier to locate; however, variants on the same native legend are often told by American Indians from different tribes, especially if those tribes are kinfolk or neighbors to each other. As well as our collections of tribal legends and legend archives, we also have several pages of comparative legends, for the native stories of the Wabanaki tribes (including the Micmac, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, and Abenaki tribes,) the native stories of the Iroquois tribes (including the Mohawk, Seneca, Oneida, Onondaga, and Cayuga tribes,) for the native stories of the Anishinabe tribes (including the Chippewa, Ottawa, Algonquin, and Potawatomi tribes,) and for the native stories of the Algonquian tribes (including the Wabanaki, Anishinabe, Menominee, Wampanoag, Shawnee, and Lenape tribes.) Since this page features primarily the native myths and legends of North American Indian tribes, we have also begun a separate collection of Central and South American Indian legends which may be interesting for purposes of comparison.

Note that since many children use this site, we have tried to avoid linking to any Native American legends or stories which deal explicitly with sex or contain bad language, including slur words for Native Americans. However, like the folklore of any culture -- including European fairy tales -- there is often violence and bad behavior in American Indian folklore, so please use discretion about sharing them with younger children.

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

Native American Folklore by Tribe

Abenaki Indian Legends Achumawi Indian Legends Ahtna Indian Legends Alabama Indian Legends
Aleut Indian Legends Algonquin Indian Legends Alsea Indian Legends Apache Indian Legends
Arapaho Indian Legends Arikara Indian Legends Assiniboine Indian Legends Aztec Indian Legends
Bannock Indian Legends Bella Coola Indian Legends Biloxi Indian Legends Blackfeet Indian Legends
Caddo Indian Legends Cahuilla Indian Legends Carrier Indian Legends Catawba Indian Legends
Cayuga Indian Legends Cayuse Indian Legends Chehalis Indian Legends Chemehuevi Indian Legends
Cherokee Indian Legends Cheyenne Indian Legends Chickasaw Indian Legends Chilcotin Indian Legends
Chimariko Indian Legends Chinook Indian Legends Chipewyan Indian Legends Chippewa Indian Legends
Chitimacha Indian Legends Choctaw Indian Legends Chumash Indian Legends Cocopa Indian Legends
Coeur d'Alene Indian Legends Columbian Indian Legends Comanche Indian Legends Comox Indian Legends
Coos Indian Legends Cowlitz Indian Legends Cree Indian Legends Creek Indian Legends
Crow Indian Legends Cupeno Indian Legends Dakota Indian Legends Deg Hitan Indian Legends
Diegueno Indian Legends Dogrib Indian Legends Esselen Indian Legends Eyak Indian Legends
Gabrielino Indian Legends Gitxsan Indian Legends Gros Ventre Indian Legends Gwichin Indian Legends
Haida Indian Legends Haisla Indian Legends Halkomelem Indian Legends Han Indian Legends
Havasupai Indian Legends Heiltsuk Indian Legends Hichiti Indian Legends Hidatsa Indian Legends
Hopi Indian Legends Hualapai Indian Legends Hupa Indian Legends Illinois Indian Legends
Innu Indian Legends Inuit Legends Ioway Legends Iroquois Indian Legends
Juaneno Indian Legends Kalapuya Indian Legends Karok Indian Legends Kansa Indian Legends
Kaska Indian Legends Kathlamet Indian Legends Kato Indian Legends Kawaiisu Indian Legends
Kickapoo Indian Legends Kiowa Indian Legends Kitanemuk Indian Legends Kitsai Indian Legends
Klallam Indian Legends Klamath Indian Legends Koasati Indian Legends Kootenai Indian Legends
Koyukon Indian Legends Kuskokwim Indian Legends Kwakiutl Indian Legends Lenape Indian Legends
Lillooet Indian Legends Luiseno Indian Legends Lumbee Indian Legends Lushootseed Indian Legends
Maidu Indian Legends Makah Indian Legends Maliseet Indian Legends Mandan Indian Legends
Maricopa Indian Legends Maya Indian Legends Menominee Indian Legends Meskwaki Indian Legends
Miami Indian Legends Michif Indian Legends Miccosukee Indian Legends Mi'kmaq Indian Legends
Miwok Indian Legends Modoc Indian Legends Mohawk Indian Legends Mohegan Indian Legends
Mohican Indian Legends Mojave Indian Legends Molale Indian Legends Mono Indian Legends
Munsee Indian Legends Narragansett Indian Legends Natchez Indian Legends Navajo Indian Legends
Nez Perce Indian Legends Nisgaa Indian Legends Nooksack Indian Legends Nootka Indian Legends
Nuxalk Indian Legends Ohlone Indian Legends Okanagan Indian Legends Omaha Indian Legends
Oneida Indian Legends Onondaga Indian Legends Osage Indian Legends Otoe Indian Legends
Ottawa Indian Legends Paiute Indian Legends Papago Indian Legends Passamaquoddy Indian Legends
Pawnee Indian Legends Penobscot Indian Legends Pentlatch Indian Legends Pomo Indian Legends
Ponca Indian Legends Potawatomi Indian Legends Powhatan Indian Legends Pueblo Indian Legends
Quileute Indian Legends Quinault Indian Legends Saanich Indian Legends Salinan Indian Legends
Salish Indian Legends Sarcee Indian Legends Sauk Indian Legends Seminole Indian Legends
Seneca Indian Legends Serrano Indian Legends Shasta Indian Legends Shawnee Indian Legends
Shoshoni Indian Legends Shuswap Indian Legends Siuslaw Indian Legends Slavey Indian Legends
Southeast Indian Legends Squamish Indian Legends Takelma Indian Legends Tanacross Indian Legends
Tanaina Indian Legends Tanana Indian Legends Tenino Indian Legends Tete-de-Boule Legends
Thompson Indian Legends Tillamook Indian Legends Tlingit Indian Legends Tolowa Indian Legends
Toltec Indian Legends Tsatinne Indian Legends Tsetsaut Indian Legends Tsimshian Indian Legends
Tubatulabal Indian Legends Tuscarora Indian Legends Tuskegee Indian Legends Tutchone Indian Legends
Twana Indian Legends Umatilla Indian Legends Umpqua Indian Legends Ute Indian Legends
Wailaki Indian Legends Walla Walla Legends Wampanoag Indian Legends Wappo Indian Legends
Wasco Indian Legends Washo Indian Legends Wichita Indian Legends Winnebago Indian Legends
Wintu Indian Legends Wishram Indian Legends Wiyot Indian Legends Woodland Indian Legends
Wyandot Indian Legends Yakima Indian Legends Yana Indian Legends Yaqui Indian Legends
Yavapai Indian Legends Yokuts Indian Legends Yuchi Indian Legends Yuki Indian Legends
Yuma Indian Legends Yupik Indian Legends Yurok Indian Legends Zuni Indian Legends

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Recommended Books about American Indian Mythology

American Indian Myths and Legends:
    Well-attributed collection of Indian folktales and myths from many tribes.
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of American Indian Mythology:
    Comprehensive book about American Indian myth in North, Central, and South America.
The Mythology of Native North America:
    Good overview of North American Indian mythology and folklore.
Voices of the Winds: Native American Legends:
    A diverse collection of American Indian myths.
Mythology of North America* Mythology of South America* Mythology of Mexico and Central America:
    A good series of books about Native myths and legends throughout the Americas.
Algonquian Spirit:
    Rich anthology of Woodland Indian stories, songs, and oral history.
Native American Legends of the Southeast:
    Explanation of Native American mythology from the Creek, Cherokee, and other Southeastern tribes.
Indian Legends of the Pacific Northwest:
    Native American myths and stories from the Northwest Coast tribes.
Native American Stories* Native American Animal Stories* Between Earth and Sky:
    Children's books of American Indian lore from Native storyteller Joseph Bruchac.
Trickster: Native American Tales:
    Collection of American Indian stories about trickster animals for kids.




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