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Native Languages of the Americas:
Shasta Indian Legends, Myths, and Stories
This is our collection of links to Shasta 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 Shasta mythology, the traditional stories of
related tribes like the Karok and
Hoopa tribes are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Shasta legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please let us know.
The great creator god of Shasta legends, often called Old Man Above or Great Man in English.
The culture hero of the Shasta tribe. In some Shasta stories, Coyote
plays the mischievous trickster role common in California Indian folklore, but in others, he is a more
serious protagonist who helps humanity and teaches them the arts of civilization.
Old Mole's Creation How Old Man Above Created The World:
Shasta myths of creation.
How Coyote Stole Fire:
Shasta legend about the origin of fire.
Why Mount Shasta Erupted:
Shasta legend about a fight between Coyote and the Yellow Jackets.
Land of the Ghost Dance:
Shasta legend about Coyote's visit to the land of the dead.
Mt. Shasta Grizzly Legend Old Man Above And The Grizzlies:
Shasta Indian legends about a woman who married a bear.
How The People Got Arrowheads:
Shasta legend about how Ground Squirrel stole arrowheads.
Mythology of the California Tribes:
Early 20th-century collection of Shasta and other California Indian legends.
Recommended Books of Shasta Myths
Coyote Was Going There: Indian Literature of the Oregon Country:
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Excellent anthology of folklore from the Shasta and other Oregon tribes.
Indian Legends of the Pacific Northwest:
Collection of legends and folktales from the Shasta and other northwestern tribes.
Myths and Legends of California and the Old Southwest:
Online book about Southwest and California Indian mythology.
American Indian Trickster Tales:
Compilation of more than a hundred stories about Coyote and other Native American tricksters.
(Use discretion sharing these with kids as some of the stories contain adult humor.)
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