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
Paiute 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
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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. They 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