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Tenino Indian Legends, Myths, and Stories

This is our collection of links to Tenino stories and folktales that can be read online. We have indexed our Native American folklore 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 Tenino, the traditional stories of related tribes like the Umatilla and Yakama tribes are very similar.

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Important Tenino Mythological Figures

Pah-ho-ho Klah (Ground People): In Tenino stories, the Pah-ho-ho Klah are mythical little people of the mountains. They are usually invisible, but catching sight of one or following the sound of their eerie songs can cause humans to go insane.

Tenino Indian Folklore

*Little People of Oregon and Washington:
    Stories about the legendary little people of the Tenino and other Northwestern tribes.

Recommended Books on Tenino Myth
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Coyote Was Going There: Indian Literature of the Oregon Country:
    Excellent collection of folklore from the Warm Springs and other Oregon tribes.

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Additional Resources

 Native American Indian traditions
 Tenino language
 Washington tribes
 Plateau region
 Penutian
 List of Indian tribes in USA



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