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Native Languages of the Americas:
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.

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Miskito Mythological Figures

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!

Miskito Indian Folklore

*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.
*Leyendas Nicaraguenses:
    Online collection of Miskito and other Nicaraguan legends and traditional stories. Site in Spanish.

Recommended Books on Miskito Mythology

Trisba and Sula:
    Picture book depicting a Miskitu folktale.

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Additional Resources

 Miskito religion and expressive traditions
 Books of American Indian legends
 Indian religions
 Nicaragua Natives
 Central American Indians
 Miskito culture
 Native Indians website



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