Native Languages of the Americas: Shuswap Indian Legends
This is our collection of links to Shuswap folktales and traditional stories that can be read online.
We have indexed our American Indian stories section
by tribe to make them easier to locate; however, variants on the same
story 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 Shuswaps, the traditional stories of
related tribes like the Lillooet and
Thompson tribes are very similar.
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Coyote (Seklep, in the Shuswap language):
The trickster hero of the Shuswap and other Interior Salish tribes.
Coyote is foolish and boastful, and so Shuswap stories about him are often humorous in nature;
however, he is a well-meaning creature who usually acts for the good of humankind.