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
Achomawi 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.