Native Languages of the Americas: Paiute Indian Legends
This is our collection of links to Paiute 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. In particular, though these legends come from the Paiutes, the traditional stories of
related tribes like the Ute and
Shoshone tribes are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Paiute legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please let us know.
Creator and culture hero of the Paiute tribe. Like other figures from the Paiute mythic age,
Wolf is usually represented as a man, but sometimes takes on the literal form of a wolf.
Wolf's younger brother, Coyote is a trickster spirit. Though he often assists his brother
and sometimes even does good deeds for the people, Coyotes behavior is so irresponsible
and frivolous that he is constantly getting himself and those around him into trouble.
A violent race of magical little people who were said to kill and eat people.