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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.

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Mono Mythological Figures

Walking Skeleton (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 Stories

*The Earthdiver:
    Mono myth about the creation of the world.
*California Big Trees:
    Mono legend about owls and the redwood trees.

Recommended Books on Mono Mythology

Yokuts and Western Mono Myths:
    Collection of traditional Yokuts and Mono stories.

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Additional Resources

 The Religion of the Indians of California
 Mono religion and expressive traditions
 Books of Native American folktales
 Native American religion
 Mono words
 Indian tribes of California
 Great Basin Native Americans
 Utoaztecan languages
 Mono culture
 American Indians cultures



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