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Native Languages of the Americas:
Siuslaw Legends, Myths, and Stories

This is our collection of links to Siuslaw stories and folktales that can be read online. We have indexed our Native American legends 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 Siuslaw tribe, the traditional stories of related tribes like the Coos and Alsea are very similar.

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Siuslaw Mythological Figures

Coyote. Coyote is the trickster figure of the Takelma tribe. As in other Northwestern mythology, Takelma coyote stories range from light-hearted tales of mischief and buffoonery to more serious legends about the nature of the world.

Siuslaw Indian Folklore

*Pelican and Seagull:
    Siuslaw legend telling how Seagull cam to live by the shore.

Recommended Books on Siuslaw Mythology
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The Siuslaw Storybook: First Storybook of Siuslaw Indian Fables:
    Collection of traditional Siuslaw stories.
Coyote Was Going There: Indian Literature of the Oregon Country:
    Excellent collection of folklore from the Siuslaw and other Oregon tribes.

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Additional Resources

 North American Indian religion
 Siuslaw language
 Native American history of Oregon
 Northwest Coast Native Indians
 Northwest art
 Penutian language family
 Native tribes of North America

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