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Modoc Indian Legends, Myths, and Stories
This is our collection of links to Modoc stories and folktales 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 Modocs, the traditional stories of
related tribes like the Yakima and
Klamath are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Modoc legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please let us know.
(also spelled Kumokum, Kumokums, Kumukumts, Gmukamps, and other ways):
The creator god of the Modoc tribe.
People Brought in a Basket:
Modoc creation myth.
How Old Age Came into the World:
Modoc myth about the origin of death.
When the Grizzlies Walked Upright:
Modoc legend about a woman who married a bear.
Modoc tale about an opportunistic bat.
Modoc story about the origin of the Witsduk snowstorm spirits.
Recommended Books on Modoc Mythology
Myths of the Modocs:
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Legends and traditional stories
Coyote Was Going There: Indian Literature of the Oregon Country:
Excellent anthology of folklore from the Modoc and other Oregon tribes.
Indian Legends of the Pacific Northwest:
Collection of legends and folktales from the Modoc and other northwestern tribes.
Modoc religion and expressive traditions
Native books of folklore
Indian tribes of Oregon
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Great Western Plateau
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