Native Languages of the Americas: Oneida Indian Legends, Myths, and Stories
This is our collection of links to Oneida 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, so you may also want to visit our page comparing
the stories from the Iroquois tribes (which
include the Seneca, Onondaga, Cayuga, Mohawk, and Oneida Indians), since the traditional stories of those
tribes are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Oneida legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please let us know.
The mother goddess of the Iroquois tribes, said to have fallen through a hole in the sky.
The Twin Gods:
Sky Woman's twin grandsons, creators and culture heroes of the Iroquois people.
was the god of life and light, and created many things to help humankind; his twin
Flint was the god of death and darkness and primarily
caused destruction. In many Oneida versions of the myth, the two brothers created humans together, explaining why people have
both good and evil nature.
The Creator (Shukwaya'tisu, in Oneida):
The high god of Iroquois mythology, a benevolent teacher and caretaker of the world.
In some traditions the Creator is referred to as Orenda
or the Great Spirit.
Powerful storm spirits who live in the sky and cause thunder and lightning. Although they are
dangerous beings and their gaze can bring death to mortal men, they usually play a positive
role in Oneida legends and spirituality and are typically portrayed as honorable and fair.
Spirit of the Corn, a fertility goddess and one of the Three Sisters of Oneida agriculture.
Drum Dancers (Tehotikal:luhe', in Oneida):
Little people of Iroquoian folklore. They are dwarf-like nature spirits about 2 feet tall.
Stone Coats (Atnayalho, in Oneida):
Mythological giants of the Iroquois tribes, with skin as hard as stone.
Monster in the form of a giant disembodied head, usually created during a particularly violent murder.
A dragon-like horned serpent of the Great Lakes, feared for its habit of capsizing canoes and eating people.