Native Languages of the Americas: Oneida Indian Legends
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 contact us and let us know.
The mother goddess of the Iroquois tribes, said to have fallen through a hole in the sky.
Good Spirit and Bad Spirit:
Sky Woman's twin grandsons. Good Spirit was the benefactor of the Onondagas, slew monsters
and created many things to help humankind; his twin Bad Spirit was evil and caused destruction.
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.