7 Nuxalk/Bella Coola Legends, Myths, and Traditional Indian Stories

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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.

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Important Nuxalk Mythological Figures

Raven: 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.

Nuxalk/Bella Coola Indian Folklore

*Transforming Beings:
    An overview of Nuxalk and other Northwest Coast Indian storytelling and myth.
*The Story of the Haw-haw:
    Video of a Nuxalk story being told in both Nuxalk and English.
*The Man Who Acted As The Sun:
    Bella Coola legends about the sun's child.
*The Child and the Cannibal:
    Bella Coola legend about a magical boy who defeats a man-eating monster.
*The Sun Tests His Son-In-Law:
    Bella Coola Indian legend about Salmon Boy and the daughter of the Sun.
*Tales of the Bella Coola Boqs:
    Bella Coola myths about the Bigfoot-like woods monster Boqs.

Recommended Books on Nuxalk Mythology
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The Mythology Of The Bella Coola Indians:
    Collection of Nuxalk legends and traditional stories.
Salish Myths and Legends:
    Anthology of legends from the Bella Coola and other Salish tribes.

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Additional Resources

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