Native Languages of the Americas: Maidu Indian Legends
This is our collection of links to Maidu 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 Maidus, the traditional stories of
related tribes like the Achumawi and
Atsugewi tribes are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Maidu legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please let us know.
(Kodoyanpe, in the Maidu language, also known as Earth-Initiate):
The benevolent Creator god of Maidu mythology.
The Maidu trickster figure. Coyote is Earth-Maker's assistant in the creation of the
world, and sometimes does things to help mankind. However, his failings of character
(Coyote is portrayed as reckless, greedy, deceitful, careless, and socially inappropriate) are
constantly getting him and the people around him into trouble.
In Maidu stories, Kohuneje is a hairy Bigfoot-like monster who lives in the forest and eats human children.