Native Languages of the Americas: Takelma Indian Legends
This is our collection of links to Takelma folktales and traditional stories 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 Takelmas, the traditional stories of
related tribes like the Kalapuya and
Chinook tribes are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Takelma legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please contact us and let us know.
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.
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.