Native Languages of the Americas: O'odham Legends and Traditional Stories
This is our collection of links to Akimel O'odham (Pima) and Tohono O'odham (Papago) folktales and traditional stories that can be read online.
We have indexed our Native American folklore 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 O'odham tribes, the traditional stories of
the Yaqui and other Southwestern tribes are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a O'odham legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please let us know.
I'itoi (also known as I'ithi, Si'ihe, Se'ehe, Se:he, or Siuuhu):
Elder Brother, the culture hero of the Akimel and Tohono O'odham tribes. He was the creator of the human race and taught the people many
Pima Indian Legends:
Collection of Akimel O'odham legends and traditional tales.
And It Is Still That Way:
Charming anthology of legends told by Tohono O'odham and other Arizona Indian children.
Children's book illustrating a Southwest Indian legend about how the rattlesnake got its fangs.