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Native Languages of the Americas:
Serrano Indian Legends
This is our collection of links to Serrano 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 Serranos, the traditional stories of
related tribes like the Cahuilla and
Gabrielino tribes are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Serrano legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please let us know.
(also spelled Owiyot, Owiot, and other ways): The legendary first chief of humanity. His people became tired of his rule
(because he had become either cruel or incompetent) and Frog poisoned him, causing his death.
Mysterious and dangerous water spirits from the folklore of the Mission Indians and other California Indian
tribes. They inhabit springs and ponds, and they and their eerie cries are omens of bad luck and death.
The Land of the Dead:
Serrano story about a grieving widower's visit to the afterlife.
Surviving Through the Days: Translations of Native California Stories and Songs:
Anthology of myths and traditional literature from the Serrano and other Native California tribes.
Serrano religion and expressive traditions
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