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Native Languages of the Americas:
Yuma/Quechan Legends, Myths, and Stories
This is our collection of links to Quechan 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 Quechan tribe, the traditional stories of
related tribes like the
Maricopa are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Quechan legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please let us know.
(also spelled Kwikumat and other ways):
The great Creator god of Yuma legends. He was poisoned by a vengeful frog Hanyi
(by some accounts his daughter) and died, leaving
the job of the creation to be finished by his son Komashtam'ho.
Sometimes he is also known as Tuchaipa, which is his Diegueno name.
Kokomaht's evil twin brother, responsible for the creation of diseases and other ills.
Sometimes he is also known by his Diegueno name Yokomat.
Quechan culture hero, son of the creator Kokomaht. He finished the world his father had
begun and taught the people the arts of civilization.
The Good Twin and the Evil Twin Yuma Creation Yuma Creation Myth: Mythology of the Yuma:
Quechan myths about the creation of the world.
Surviving Through the Days: Translations of Native California Stories and Songs:
Anthology of myths and traditional literature from the Quechan and other Native California tribes.
And It Is Still That Way:
Charming collection of legends told by Quechan and other Arizona Indian children.
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