Native Languages of the Americas: Luiseno Indian Legends, Myths, and Stories
This is our collection of links to Luiseno folktales and traditional stories that can be read online.
We have indexed our Native American stories 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 Luisenos, the traditional stories of
related tribes like the Cahuilla and
Gabrielino tribes are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Luiseno legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
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(also spelled Owiyot, Wiyo't, Wyot, Uuyot, Uu-yot, Ouiot, Wy-ot, and other ways): The legendary first
chief of humanity and culture hero of the Luisenos.
He died after Frog poisoned him (either because he inadvertantly insulted
her or because he had become a bad ruler, depending on the version of the story being told).
He later rose from the dead to become the moon, at which point he was sometimes also known
as Moyla or Moila (literally "Moon.")
(also spelled Chung-itch'-nish or Chin-ig-chin-ich):
The main god worshipped by the Luisenos, who rose to prominence after the death of Wiyot. He taught the people
morality and the arts of civilization before departing for the stars, where he is still considered
to be watching over the Mission Indians today.
Mysterious and dangerous water spirits from Luiseno folklore.
They inhabit springs and ponds, and they and their eerie cries are omens of bad luck and death.