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Mandan Legends and Traditional Stories
This is our collection of links to Mandan folktales and traditional stories that can be read online.
We have indexed our Native American myths 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 Mandan tribe, the traditional stories of
related tribes like the
Sioux are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Mandan legend for this page, please let us know.
Click on each character's name for more detailed information about his or her role in Mandan mythology.
Mythical first human and culture hero of the Mandan tribe. He worked together with
Coyote to shape the earth and teach the people how to live.
(Ki-numakshi): Unlike most Siouan tribes, the Mandans did not consider Coyote
as a buffoon or trickster character, but as a powerful creator god. So although there are still
a few humorous Mandan coyote stories to be told, the majority of them are considered sacred
just as the stories about Lone Man are.
Spirit of the corn, who taught the Mandans the arts of agriculture.
Mandan Indian Folklore
First Creator and Lone Man Creation of the World: Mandan Myth of Emergence:
Mandan creation myths.
The Great Flood Mandan Flood Myth:
Mandan legend about the flooding of the earth.
The Cedar Basket:
Mandan folktale about how the people lost their magic baskets.
The Buffalo Dance:
Mandan legend about the origin of the Buffalo Dance.
The Bird That Turned The Meat Bitter:
Mandan legend about Coyote stopping Raven from ruining the buffalo meat.
Legends and Folklore of the Northern Lights:
Aurora Borealis stories from the Inuit, Meskwaki,
Algonquin and Mandan tribes.
Mythology of the Mandan:
Early 20th-century collection of Mandan legends.
Recommended Books on Mandan Mythology
Mandan Social and Ceremonial Organization:
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Interesting book on the religious life and traditions of the Mandan people.
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