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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.

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Serrano Mythological Figures

Wiyot (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.

Water-Babies: 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.

Serrano Indian Folklore

*The Land of the Dead:
    Serrano story about a grieving widower's visit to the afterlife.

Recommended Books on Serrano Myth

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.

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Additional Resources

 Serrano religion and expressive traditions
 Books of Native American legends
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 Southern California tribes
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