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Miskito/Miskitu Legends, Myths, and Stories
This is our collection of links to Miskito 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 Miskitos, the traditional stories of
other Central American tribes like the Bribri and
Maya tribes are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Miskito legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please let us know.
Duhindu (also known as
Duhindi Nani, Duende, or Swinta):
Gnome-like little people of the forest. They are generally benevolent in Miskito stories, but can be dangerous if
disrespected. In a twist on the common bogeyman stories, Duhindu will sometimes kidnap human
children... but return unharmed the ones who are well-behaved!
Story of the Invisible Hunters:
Miskito story about three hunters punished for their greed.
Journey to the Afterlife:
Miskito myth about a man who traveled to the land of the dead.
Online collection of Miskito and other Nicaraguan legends and traditional stories. Site in Spanish.
Trisba and Sula:
Picture book depicting a Miskitu folktale.
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