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Native American Legends: Bluejay

Name: 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.

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Bluejay Stories

*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
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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.

Additional Resources

 Chinook gods
 Chinook Jargon
 Chinook tribe
 Washington Coast tribes
 Pacific Northwest Native Americans
 Chinook words
 Salishan language family

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