Native Languages of the Americas: Nooksack Indian Legends
This is our collection of links to Nooksack folktales and traditional stories that can be read online.
We have indexed our American legends section
by tribe to make them easier to locate; however, variants on the same
story 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 Nooksacks, the traditional stories of
related tribes like the Klallam and
Lushootseed tribes are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Nooksack legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
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Raven is the culture hero of the Nooksack and other northern Salish tribes.
He is a benevolent, respected figure who helps the people,
but at the same time, he is also a trickster character and many Nooksack stories about Raven have to do with
his frivolous or poorly thought out behavior getting him into trouble.
Xa:ls (also spelled Xals, Kals, Xexá:ls, and other ways):
A Transformer figure, common to the mythology of many Northwest Coast tribes, who brought balance to the
world by using his powers to change people, monsters, animals, and the landscape into the forms they have today.
The Creator God of the Nooksack and other Coast Salish tribes.