Native Languages of the Americas: Nez Perce Legends and Traditional Stories
This is our collection of links to Nez Perce folktales and traditional stories that can be read online.
We have indexed our American Indian folklore 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 Nez Perce tribe, the traditional stories of
related tribes like the
Sahaptin and Coeur d'Alene are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Nez Perce legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please let us know.
(Itsaya'ya or Iceyeeye in the Nez Perce language, sometimes also known as
Coyote is the trickster figure of the Nez Perce tribe. As in other Plateau Indian mythology, Nez Perce coyote stories range
from light-hearted tales of mischief and buffoonery to more serious legends about the nature of the world.