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Pentlatch Indian Legends

This is our collection of links to Pentlatch folktales and traditional stories that can be read online. We have indexed our Native American myths 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 Pentlatch, the traditional stories of related tribes like the Klallam and Salish tribes are very similar.

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Important Pentlatch Mythological Figures

The Transformer (also known as the Changer or Reformer): A mythic figure common to many Northwestern tribes, who brought balance to the world by using his powers to change people, animals, and the landscape into the forms they have today.

Raven: Raven is the culture hero of the Pentlatch and other northern Salish tribes. He is a benevolent figure who helps the people, but at the same time, he is also a trickster spirit and many Pentlatch legends about Raven have to do with his frivolous or poorly thought out behavior getting him into trouble.

Mink: Mink is another Pentlatch trickster character. Indeed, some of Raven's more light-hearted adventures are sometimes told with Mink as the protagonist instead. However, compared with Raven, Mink is a more negative character who primarily embodies traits that are looked down upon by the Pentlatch people (greed, recklessness, arrogance, inappropriate sexual behavior, poor hygiene, etc.) Stories about Mink are often humorous, but also are cautionary tales about how not to behave.

Pentlatch Indian Folklore

*The Legend of the Pentlatch Peoples:
    Pentlatch legends about the first people and the flooding of the earth.

Recommended Books on Pentlatch Myths
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Salish Myths and Legends:
    Anthology of legends and traditional stories from the Pentlatch and other Salish tribes.

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Additional Resources

 Native American values and beliefs
 British Columbia Indian tribes
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