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Lushootseed Indian Legends, Myths, and Stories

This is our collection of links to Lushootseed 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 Lushootseed-speaking Puget Sound Salish tribes (such as the Skagit, Tulalip, and Snoqualmie tribes,) the traditional stories of other Coast Salish peoples like the Squamish and Saanich tribes are very similar.

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Lushootseed/Puget Sound Salish Mythological Figures

Dukwibal (also known as Dokibatt, Qone, and other names): A Transformer figure of Lushootseed mythology, who brought balance to the world by using his powers to change people, animals, and the landscape into the forms they have today. His name literally means Changer.

Basket Ogress (also known as Wild Woman or Giant Woman): A giant cannibal monster who catches human children and carries them off in her enormous pack basket.

Lushootseed Indian Folklore

*Legends of the Stillaguamish:
    Online collection of 29 Stillaguamish Indian stories.
*Pushing Up the Sky:
    Snohomish creation myth.
*In The Beginning of the Nisqually World:
    Puget Sound Salish myth about the Great Flood and the beginnings of the Nisqually tribe.
*Playing a Trick on the Moon:
    Snoqualmie legend about Blue Jay's theft of fire.
*Cannibal Basket Woman Defeated By Clever Kids * Cannibal Woman's Sister Eats Her Last Meal:
    Skagit and Tulalip legends about the Basket Ogress capturing children.
*Cannibal Woman Chases Coyote:
    Skagit story about Coyote's run-in with two ogresses.
*Mink and Whale:
    Puget Sound Salish legend about the adventures of trickster Mink.
*Raven and Crow's Potlatch:
    Skagit legend about Raven tricking his cousin Crow.
*Mythology of the Coast Salish:
    Early 20th-century collection of Puget Sound and Straits Salish legends.

Recommended Books of Lushootseed Myths
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Salish Myths and Legends:
    Anthology of legends and traditional stories from the Lushootseed and other Salish tribes.
Indian Legends of the Pacific Northwest:
    Collection of legends and folktales from the Puget Sound Salish and other northwestern tribes.

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