Native Languages of the Americas: Omaha Indian Legends
This is our collection of links to Omaha folktales and traditional stories 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
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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.
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.
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.)