Native Languages of the Americas: Pueblo Legends and Stories
This is our collection of links to Pueblo stories and folktales 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 Pueblo tribes, the traditional stories of
related tribes like the
Hopi and Zuni are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Pueblo legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please let us know.
Kokopelli. This is the best-known of the Pueblo kachina spirits,
a fertility spirit usually appearing as a well-endowed humpbacked man. Kokopelli is the Hopi name for him, though it is commonly used by the Pueblo Indians
as well. Other Pueblo names for him are Nepokwa'i or Nepokwai'i, .
Pueblo Indian Wisdom:
Collection of Pueblo legends and folktales from New Mexico.
Pueblo Gods and Myths:
Book about traditional Pueblo religious practices and beliefs.
Coyote and the Sky:
Charming book by a Pueblo author illustrating a traditional legend about the origin of the sun, moon and stars.
The First Fire:
Anthology of stories from the Kickapoo, Cherokee, Kiowa, and Tigua tribes.
American Indian Trickster Tales:
Compilation of more than a hundred stories about Coyote and other Native American tricksters.
(Use discretion sharing these with kids as some of the stories contain adult humor.)