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Lumbee Indian Legends

This is our collection of links to Lumbee folktales and traditional stories that can be read online. We have indexed our Native American legends 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 Cheraw and Croatan tribes of North Carolina, the traditional stories of related tribes like the Catawba and Powhatan tribes are very similar.

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

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Lumbee Mythological Figures

Click on each character's name for more detailed information about his or her role in Lumbee mythology.

Little People (Yehasuri, Boogers). Traditional Lumbee folktales often involve the antics of troublemaking gnomelike creatures called Little People, who steal children's footprints and shadows, make messes and undo people's work if they are not properly appeased and avoided. (Yehasuri is the Catawba word for such creatures, which is used by some Lumbee storytellers today; Booger is a general Southeastern Native American name for a monster or supernatural creature. The Lumbee languages, Carolina Siouan and Carolina Algonquian, are no longer spoken today and few records remain of them, though the stories are still told.)

Lumbee Indian Folklore

*Eagle Feather:
    Lumbee story about the symbolism of eagle feathers.
*Lumbee Storytelling:
    Interview with a contemporary Lumbee storyteller, Barbara Braveboy-Locklear.
*The Lumbee River Spirit:
    Lumbee legend about a warrior and a Tuscarora girl.

Recommended Books on Lumbee Mythology

The Only Land I Know:
    A Lumbee elder's history of his people, including a section on Lumbee legends.

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Additional Resources

 Religious history of the Lumbee Indians
 Lumbee Powwow
 Croatoan words
 Books of Native American legends
 Native religions
 Indian tribes of North Carolina
 Eastern Woodland tribes
 Algonquian Indians
 Lumbee culture
 Native Americans websites



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