Native Languages of the Americas: Lushootseed Indian Legends
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.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Lushootseed legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
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(also known as Dokibatt, Qone, and other names):
A Transformer figure, common to the mythology of many Northwest Coast tribes, 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.
(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.