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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.

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Important Pueblo Mythological Figures

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 Stories

*Pueblo Indian Folk-Stories:
    Collection of Pueblo myths and legends.
*Tales of the Cochiti Indians:
    Collection of Cochiti Pueblo stories.
*Origin Myth of Acoma * Emerging Into The Upper World:
    Origin myths of the Acoma Pueblo Indians.
    Sites about the Southwestern fertility deity Kokopelli.
*The Neglectful Mother * Crow and Hawk:
    Cochiti legend about a custody fight between Hawk and Crow.
*Salt Woman Is Refused Food:
    Cochiti legend about the origin of salt.
*The Man who Married the Moon:
    Isleta Pueblo myth about Na-chu-ru-chu and the Moon.
*The Husband's Promise * Deer Hunter and White Corn Maiden:
    Tewa legend about a young couple who became stars.
*Jar Boy * Water Jar Boy:
    Tewa legends about a young hero born from a water jug.
*Cochin and Miochin:
    Laguna Pueblo legend about the origin of summer and winter.
*Men and Women Try Living Apart:
    Humorous Sia Pueblo legend about why the sexes need each other.
*Coyote Spills the Stars:
    Cochiti Pueblo myth about the creation of the stars.
*A Fish Story:
    Tewa legend about a Pueblo village whose people turned into fish, snakes and frogs.
*How To Scare A Bear:
    Tewa folktale about a rabbit who won a bet with a bear.
*Myths and Legends of California and the Old Southwest:
    Online book about Southwest and California Indian mythology.

Recommended Books on Pueblo Mythology
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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.)

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Additional Resources

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