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Native Languages of the Americas:
Natchez Legends and Stories

This is our collection of links to Natchez folktales and traditional stories that can be read online. We have indexed our Native American mythology section by tribe to make them easier to locate; however, variants on the same legend are often told by American Indians from different tribes, especially if those tribes are kinfolk or neighbors to each other. In particular, though these legends come from the Natchez tribe, the traditional stories of related tribes like the Tunica and Chitimacha are very similar.

Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Natchez legend for this page or think one of the ones on here should be removed, please let us know.

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Important Natchez Mythological Figures

Lodge-Boy and Thrown-Away (or Lodge Boy and Wild Boy.) These mythical twins, born when their pregnant mother was killed by a monster, are common to the folklore of many Midwestern and Eastern tribes. Particularly in the Natchez and other Southeastern tribes, they are generally portrayed as rowdy monster-slayers who cause a lot of trouble during the course of their adventures.

Rabbit (Ilco or Ilcho): Rabbit is the trickster figure in the folklore of the Natchez and neighboring tribes.

Olobit (also spelled Olobis, Olo'bit, Olo-Bit, and other ways.) This is a monstrous serpent in Natchez folklore. It is similar to the horned serpent Uktena of the neighboring Cherokee tribe, and is occasionally referred to by the Cherokee name. Sometimes it was also referred to as Intsiyacdoo'cgu, the sharp-breasted snake.

Tlanuwa. This is a giant mythological bird of prey with deadly feathers made of metal, common to the mythology of many Southeastern tribes. Tlanuwa is the Cherokee name for such a being-- although they do feature in Natchez mythology, to the best of our knowledge, the original Natchez name for these creatures was never recorded.

Tie-Snakes (u'lax daxgi'ilu in the Natchez language): These are mythological water spirits also common to Southeastern Native American folklore. They are the size and shape of an ordinary snake, but have immense strength. In Natchez stories, Tie-Snakes lived underwater and were feared for their ability to catch humans and drag them underwater to drown.

Man-Eater: A giant carnivorous monster common to southeastern Indian legends.

Natchez Indian Folklore

*Natchez Myths and Tales:
    Online collection of 43 traditional Natchez stories.
*Creek-Natchez Flood Myth * The Dog and the Flood:
    Natchez legends about the flooding of the earth.
*Polluting the Fire: * The Natchez Sacred Fire:
    Natchez legend about the Great Sun and the importance of the temple fire.
*Origins of Corn * Corn-Woman's Son * The Origin of Corn:
    Natchez myths about Corn Woman and the beginning of agriculture.
*Lodge-Boy and Thrown-Away * Lodge-Boy and Thrown-Away:
    Natchez legends about the heroes Lodge-Boy and Thrown-Away.
*Adventure With A Tie-Snake:
    Natchez story about the legendary tie-snakes.
*The Tlanuwa:
    Natchez legend about the Tlanuwa bird.
*The Ukteni or Olo'bit:
    Natchez legend about the Olobit serpent.

Recommended Books on Natchez Mythology

Southeastern Native American Legends:
    Book comparing the traditional stories of the Natchez and other Southeast tribes.

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Additional Resources

 Natchez sun worship
 Books of Native American legends
 Native American religions
 Louisiana Indian tribes
 Southeast Native cultures
 Gulf languages
 Natchez history
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