Native Languages of the Americas: Nuxalk/Bella Coola Legends, Myths, and Stories
This is our collection of links to Nuxalk stories and folktales that can be read online.
We have indexed our Indian stories 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 Nuxalks, the traditional stories of
neighboring tribes like the Kwakiutl and
Heiltsuk tribes are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Nuxalk legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please let us know.
Raven is the culture hero of Bella Coola mythology.
He is a revered and benevolent transformer character who helps the people and shapes their world for them,
but at the same time, he is also a trickster spirit and many Bella Coola stories about Raven have to do with
his frivolous or poorly thought out behavior getting him into trouble.