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Native Languages of the Americas:
Mojave Legends, Myths, and 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
should be removed, please let us know.
(also spelled Matevilye, Matavilya, Matyavela, Matevil, and other ways):
The first creator god of Mojave myths. 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.
Mohave Origin Story:
Mojave myth about the creation of the world.
Mohave Flood Myth:
Mojave legend about the flooding of the earth.
Surviving Through the Days: Translations of Native California Stories and Songs:
Anthology of myths and traditional literature from the Mojave and other Native California tribes.
Mohave religion and expressive traditions
The Religion of the Indians of California
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