Native Languages of the Americas: Osage Indian Legends
This is our collection of links to Osage folktales and traditional stories that can be read online.
We have indexed our Native American 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. In particular, though these legends come from the Osages, the traditional stories of
related tribes like the Omaha-Ponca and
Kansa tribes are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Osage legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please contact us and let us know.
Wakonda (also spelled Wakonta, Wah-kon-tah, and other ways):
The great Creator God of the Osage tribe. Wakonda is an abstract, omnipresent spirit who is never personified in traditional Osage legends, and in fact
did not even have a gender before the introduction of English with its gender-specific pronouns.
Itsike (also spelled Icike, Itsinke, Ichinke, and other ways):
The trickster figure of the Osage and other Dhegiha tribes. He is less important to Osage mythology than to the neighboring
Omaha and Ponca people, and some of his stories are told with Coyote as the protagonist instead by Osage storytellers.