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Legendary Native American Figures: Shikla (Cikla)

Name: Shikla
Tribal affiliation: Chinook
Alternate spellings: Cikla
Pronunciation: sheek-luh
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.

Shikla Stories

CikLa:
    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.

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Additional Resources

 Traders of the Columbia River
 Chinook gods
 Chinook trade language
 Chinook words
 Languages of Washington
 Pacific Northwest tribes
 Penutian language family



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