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Takelma Indian Legends, Myths, and Stories

This is our collection of links to Takelma 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 Takelma mythology, the traditional stories of related tribes like the Kalapuya and Chinook tribes are very similar.

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Important Takelma 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.

Daldal. The Daldal brothers (or Daldal Twins) are Transformer characters, common to the mythology of many Northwest Coast tribes, who brought balance to the world by using their powers to change people, animals, and the landscape into the forms they have today. They are associated with dragonflies and were originally a single being who split himself into two.

Takelma Indian Folklore

*Coyote Visits The Land Of The Dead:
    Takelma legend about the origin of death.

Recommended Books of Takelma Myths

Takelma Texts:
    Legends and oral history in the Takelma language with English translation.
Coyote Was Going There: Indian Literature of the Oregon Country:
    Excellent collection of folklore from the Takelma and other Oregon tribes.

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