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Ohlone Indian Legends, Myths and Stories

This is our collection of links to Ohlone folktales and traditional stories 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 Ohlones, the traditional stories of related tribes like the Miwok and Pomo tribes are very similar.

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Important Ohlone Mythological Figures

Coyote: The culture hero of Ohlone mythology. In some tales, Coyote plays the mischievous trickter role common in California Indian folklore, but in others, he is a more serious protagonist who fathers the Costanoan tribes and teaches them the arts of civilization.

Ohlone Indian Folklore

*Costanoan and Yokut Myths:
    Collection of Yokut and Ohlone legends.
*Ohlone Coyote Stories: * The Dog and the Flood:
    Costanoan stories about the adventures of Coyote.

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Rumsen Ohlone Stories:
    Small collection of Ohlone legends.

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Additional Resources

 Ohlone religion and expressive traditions
 The Religion of the Indians of California
 Native American beliefs and practices
 Ohlone language
 California Native Indians
 California history
 Penutian family
 Indian societies in North America

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