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Legendary Native American Figures: Shikla (Cikla)
Tribal affiliation: Chinook
Alternate spellings: Cikla
Type: Transformer, culture hero
Related figures in other tribes: Seuku (Alsea), Qone (Chehalis)
Shikla is a Transformer figure, a type of hero common to the mythology of many Northwest Coast tribes, who
brought balance to the world by using his powers to change people, animals, and the landscape into the forms
they have today. In some versions of the Chinook myths there was one Shikla, while in others, there were two.
Chinook legends about the adventures of the Cikla twins.
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 trade language
Languages of Washington
Pacific Northwest tribes
Penutian language family
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