Native Languages of the Americas: Miwok Indian Legends
This is our collection of links to Miwok folktales and traditional stories that can be read online.
We have indexed our Indian 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 Miwoks, the traditional stories of
related tribes like the Ohlone and
Yokuts tribes are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Miwok legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please contact us and let us know.
Silver Fox and Coyote:
Silver Fox and Coyote are the culture heroes of the Miwok and other Northern California tribes.
Together they create the world and teach the people
how to live. Although both are creators, Silver Fox is the more serious and wise of the
two, while Coyote is more of a trickster and prone to make frivolous decisions based on whims,
hunger, or interest in women. Both creators are male in some tribal traditions, but in
Miwok mythology, Silver Fox is portrayed as female.