Native Languages of the Americas: Quinault Indian Legends
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 Chehalis and
Tillamook tribes are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Quinault legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please contact us and let us know.
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 the Quinault and other southern Salishan tribes.
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.