Native Languages of the Americas: Omaha Indian Legends, Myths, and Stories
This is our collection of links to Omaha stories and folktales that can be read online.
We have indexed our Native American legends 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 Omahas, the mythology of
related tribes like the Ponca and
Osage tribes are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Omaha legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please let us know.
Ictinike (also spelled Ishtinike, Iktinike or other ways.
Sometimes he is called the Monkey in recent translations.)
Ictinike is the Trickster figure of the Omaha and Ponca tribes. Ictinike was the son of the Sun God, but due to his bad behavior
was exiled to earth, where he had many adventures and got in every imaginable kind of trouble.
The great Creator power of Omaha mythology. Originally Wakanda was an abstract creative
force who was never personified in Omaha legends, but after the introduction of Christianity some Native people began
using it as the Omaha name of God.
A culture hero of the Omaha tribe, associated with the rabbit.
Lodge-Boy and Thrown-Away.
These mythical twins whose mother was killed by a monster are common to the folklore of many Midwestern and Eastern tribes.
They are generally portrayed as heroic monster-slayers in Omaha legends.
Two-Face (or Double-Face or Two-Faces.)
A man-eating ogre with a face on each side of his head.
Fairy-like little people of Omaha folklore.
Collection of Omaha legends and stories by prominent Omaha author Francis LaFlesche..
American Indian Trickster Tales:
Compilation of more than a hundred stories about Iktinike, Rabbit and other Native American tricksters.
(Use discretion sharing these with kids as some of the stories contain adult humor.)