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Quinault Indian Legends, Myths, and Stories

This is our collection of links to Quinault folktales and traditional stories that can be read online. We have indexed our Native American mythology 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 Quinaults, the traditional stories of related tribes like the Tillamook or Chehalis tribes are very similar.

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Quinault Mythological Figures

Misp' (also spelled Musp): A Transformer figure, common to the mythology of many Northwest Coast tribes, who brought balance to the world by using his powers to change people, animals, and the landscape into the forms they have today.

Bluejay (or Blue Jay): The trickster hero of Quinault mythology. Bluejay is generally a benevolent being who is helpful to humankind, but he is also extremely foolish and careless, and stories about him are often humorous or even slapstick in nature.

Quinault Indian Folklore

*Bluejay And His Companions:
    Adventures of the Quinault culture hero Blue Jay.
*Story of the Dog Husband:
    Quinault legend about a woman who married a dog.

Recommended Books on Quinault Myth
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Salish Myths and Legends:
    Anthology of legends and traditional stories from the Quinault and other Salish tribes.
Indian Legends of the Pacific Northwest:
    Collection of legends and folktales from the Quinault and other northwestern tribes.

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Additional Resources

 Quinault religion and expressive traditions
 Religion of Native Americans
 Quinault Indian nation
 Native American tribes of Washington
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 Northwest Native artwork
 American Indian culture regions

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