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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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Important Shuswap Mythological Figures

Coyote (Seklep, in the Shuswap language): The trickster hero of Shuswap mythology. 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.

Shuswap Indian Folklore

*Legends of the Shuswap or Secwepemc People:
    Five Shuswap legends, with audio files of Shuswap elders narrating them.
*Legends of the Shuswap:
    Radio show of Shuswap storytelling.

Recommended Books of Shuswap Legends
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Coyote U: Stories and Teachings from the Secwepemc:
    Collection of Shuswap Indian legends and traditional stories.
Salish Myths and Legends:
    Anthology of legends and traditional stories from the Shuswap and other Salish tribes.

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