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Native Languages of the Americas:
Mono Legends, Myths, and Stories
This is our collection of links to Mono folktales and traditional stories that can be read online.
We have indexed our American Indian 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 Monos, the traditional stories of
related tribes like the Paiute and
Shoshone tribes are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Mono story for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please let us know.
(Ninitikati in the Mono language):
One of many fearsome man-eating monsters of Mono folklore. Ninitikati was once a human
(often a woman) who ate the flesh off her own bones during a famine, turning herself into
an undead spirit with an insatiable desire for eating humans.
Mono myth about the creation of the world.
California Big Trees:
Mono legend about owls and the redwood trees.
Mythology of Southern California:
Early 20th-century collection of Mono and other California Indian legends.
Recommended Books on Mono Mythology
Yokuts and Western Mono Myths:
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Collection of traditional Yokuts and Mono stories.
The Religion of the Indians of California
Mono religion and expressive traditions
Native books of mythology
Indian values and beliefs
Native American tribes in California
Great Basin Native Americans
Native American Indian culture
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