Native Languages of the Americas: Mojave Legends and Traditional Stories
This is our collection of links to Mojave folktales and traditional stories that can be read online.
We have indexed our Native American myths 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 Mojave tribe, the traditional stories of
related tribes like the
Yuma and Maricopa are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Mojave legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
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(also spelled Matevilye, Matavilya, Matyavela, Matevil, and other ways):
The first creator god of the Mojave people. He created the earth and brought the people
to it, then became the first death in the world when his daughter the frog
used witchcraft to kill him.
(also spelled Mastamho):
Matevilya's younger brother, he took over the job of creation after his brother's untimely
death. He shaped the landscape to be more hospitable to the people and created animals
to live on the earth.