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Miwok Indian Legends, Myths, and Stories
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
Pomo 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 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.
Collection of Miwok myths and legends.
Myths and Legends of the Yosemite Valley:
Online book of Miwok legends from Yosemite.
Miwok Creation Myth Dawn of the World:
Miwok myths about the origin of the world.
The Coming of Thunder Origin of Thunder and Lightning Beginning of Thunder The Thunder Fawns:
Tah'-low the Thunder and Tah'-kip' the Lightning Bear and the Fawns Oo-soo'-ma-te and Ut-too'-yah:
The Bear and the Fawns:
Miwok versions of a typical California Indian legend about a fight between a bear family and a deer family.
How Tol-le-loo Stole Fire:
Miwok legend about Mouse stealing fire from Robin.
Tu-tok-a-na Tu-tok-a-nu-la And Tis-sa-ack Tis-sa-ack: How Half-Dome Was Formed:
Miwok stories about El Capitan and Half Dome.
The Legend Of Yo-sem-i-te: Origin of Yosemite:
The story of Tenaya and the Yosemite Indians.
Legend of the Fish-Women:
A Miwok folktale about mermaids.
Bridal Veil Fall:
Miwok story of Bridal Veil Falls.
Leaping Frog Rocks:
Origin of the Kom-po-pai-ses.
The Legend Of Pi-wy-ack The Legend Of Loi-ya Legend of the Lost Arrow:
Miwok stories from The Lore and Lure of Yosemite.
Myths and Legends of California and the Old Southwest:
Online book about Southwest and California Indian mythology.
Recommended Books on Miwok Mythology
The Growing Rock: A Native American Tale:
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Picture book based on a Miwok legend about a magical rock that teaches responsibility.
Surviving Through the Days: Translations of Native California Stories and Songs:
Anthology of myths and traditional literature from the Miwok and other Native California tribes.
American Indian Trickster Tales:
Compilation of more than a hundred stories about Coyote and other Native American tricksters.
(Use discretion sharing these with kids as some of the stories contain adult humor.)
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