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Native American Legends: Bluejay
Tribal affiliation: Chinook, Chehalis, Quinault
Alternate spellings: Blue Jay, Blue-Jay
Native names: Iqesqes (Chinook)
Type: Bird spirits, tricksters, blue jays
Related figures in other tribes: Raven, Coyote
Bluejay is the trickster hero of the Chinook, Chehalis, and other Northwest Coast tribes. Bluejay is generally a benevolent being who is
helpful to humankind, but he is also extremely foolish and careless, and stories about him are often humorous
or even slapstick in nature.
How The Sun Was Stolen:
Chehalis legend about Bluejay's boastful lies getting him into trouble.
Blue Jay Visits Ghost Town Ioi and the Ghost Husband:
Chinook Indian legends about the hero Blue-Jay in the Land of the Dead.
Blue Jay Finds a Wife:
Chinook legend about the marriage of Blue Jay.
Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
Coyote Was Going There: Indian Literature of the Oregon Country:
Excellent anthology of folklore from the Chinook and other Oregon tribes.
Salish Myths and Legends:
Anthology of legends and traditional stories from the Salishan tribes.
Traders of the Columbia River
Washington Coast tribes
Pacific Northwest Native Americans
Salishan language family
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