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Native Languages of the Americas:
Shoshone Indian Legends, Myths, and Stories
This is our collection of links to Shoshone 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 Shoshones, the traditional stories of
related tribes like the Comanche and
Ute tribes are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Shoshone legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please let us know.
Creator and culture hero of Shoshone mythology. Like other figures from the Shoshone mythic age,
Wolf is usually represented as a man, but sometimes takes on the literal form of a wolf.
Wolf's younger brother, Coyote is a trickster figure. Though he often assists his brother
and sometimes even does good deeds for the people, Coyotes behavior is so irresponsible
and frivolous that he is constantly getting himself and those around him into trouble.
A violent race of magical little people who were said to kill and eat people.
Mysterious and dangerous water spirits from the mythology of the Shoshone and other Western Indian
tribes, water babies inhabit springs and ponds, and are usually described as water fairies who lead humans to a watery grave
by mimicking the sounds of crying babies at night. Sometimes they are said to kill babies and take their place as changelings in
order to attack their unsuspecting mothers. Water babies and their eerie cries are considered an omen of death in many
Western Shoshoni Myths:
Collection of Shoshoni Indian myths and legends.
Wolf Tricks the Trickster:
Shoshoni legend about the origin of death.
The White Trail In The Sky:
Shoshone legend about the exile of Grey Bear.
Queen of Death Valley:
Shoshone legend about an ancient queen's wickedness.
The Wolf, the Fox, the Bobcat and the Cougar:
Legend about four animal spirits that helped the Shoshone-Bannocks defeat the warlike Little People.
Recommended Books of Shoshone Myths
Pachee Goyo: History and Legends from the Shoshone:
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Collection of Shoshone legends and oral history.
Indian Legends from the Northern Rockies:
Anthology of folklore from the Shoshone and other Great Basin tribes.
Shoshone religion and expressive traditions
Indian traditions and beliefs
Shoshoni Indian tribe
Indian tribes of Idaho
The Great Basin
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