Native Languages of the Americas: Salish Indian Legends
This is our collection of links to Salish 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 Spokane, Kalispel, and Flathead Salish tribes, the traditional stories of
neighboring tribes like the Kootenai and
Coeur d'Alene tribes are very similar.
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Coyote is the trickster figure of the Kalispel, Spokane, and Flathead Salish tribes.
Coyote is foolish and boastful, and so stories about him are often humorous in nature;
however, he is a well-meaning creature who usually acts for the good of humankind.
Coyote frequently dies in the course of his adventures, often in humorous ways,
but each time his patient friend Fox (by some accounts his brother) restores him to life.