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Nooksack Indian Legends and Stories

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.

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Important Nooksack Mythological Figures

Raven: 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.

Chichel Siya:m: The Creator God of the Nooksack and other Coast Salish tribes.

Nooksack Indian Folklore

*Return of the Stone T'xwelátse:
    Nooksack legend about a man turned into stone by Xa:ls.

Recommended Books on Nooksack Myth
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Salish Myths and Legends:
    Anthology of legends and traditional stories from the Nooksack and other Salish tribes.

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