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Native Languages of the Americas:
Ponca Indian Legends, Myths, and Stories
This is our collection of links to Ponca stories and folktales that can be read online.
We have indexed our Native American legends 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 Poncas, the traditional stories of
related tribes like the
tribes are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Ponca story for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please let us know.
Ictinike (also spelled Ishtinike.
Sometimes he is called the Monkey in recent translations.)
Ictinike is the Trickster figure of the Omaha and Ponca tribes. Ictinike was the son of the Sun God, but due to his bad behavior
was exiled to earth, where he had many adventures and got in every imaginable kind of trouble.
The great Creator power of Ponca mythology. Originally Wakanda was an abstract creative
force who was never personified in Ponca legends, but after the introduction of Christianity some Native people began
using it as the Ponca name of God.
A culture hero of the Ponca tribe, associated with the rabbit.
Lodge-Boy and Thrown-Away.
These magical twins whose mother was killed by a monster are common to the mythology of many Midwestern and Eastern tribes.
They are generally portrayed as heroic monster-slayers in Ponca legends.
(or Double-Face or Two-Faced.)
A man-eating ogre with a face on each side of his head.
Mammoth beast of Ponca folklore.
Tradition of the Finding of Horses:
Ponca legend about the coming of horses to their tribe.
Coyote and Gray Fox:
Ponca folktale about Coyote's greed getting him into trouble.
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