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Legendary Native American Figures: Ioi (Yo'i)
Tribal affiliation: Chinook
Alternate spellings: Io'i, Yo'i, Iô'i
Type: Native American heroine, Wise woman
Ioi is the long-suffering older sister of the trickster character
Bluejay, and the butt of many of his jokes.
One of the most common storylines in Chinook legends involves Ioi making reasonable comments to
Bluejay which he then interprets in some
ridiculous way (similar to modern Amelia Bedelia stories.) At other times, Ioi gives her brother sensible
advice which he tells everyone was his own idea.
Blue Jay Visits Ghost Town Ioi and the Ghost Husband:
Chinook Indian legends about the Blue-Jay and I'oi in the Land of the Dead.
Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
Coyote Was Going There: Indian Literature of the Oregon Country:
Excellent collection of folklore from the Oregon tribes.
Indian Legends of the Pacific Northwest:
Collection of legends and folktales from the Chinook and other northwestern tribes.
Traders of the Columbia River
Chinook Jargon trade language
Washington Native Americans
Native American Northwest Coast
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