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Tillamook Indian Legends, Myths, and Stories

This is our collection of links to Tillamook stories and folktales that can be read online. We have indexed our Indian mythology 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 Tillamooks, the traditional stories of related tribes like the Cowlitz and Chehalis tribes are very similar.

Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Tillamook legend for this page or think one of the ones on here should be removed, please let us know.

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Tillamook Mythological Figures

As'aiyahatl (South Wind, also spelled As-ai-yahal): A Transformer figure, common to the mythology of many Northwest Coast tribes, who brought balance to the world by using his powers to change people, animals, and the landscape into the forms they have today.

Tillamook Indian Folklore

*The Story of As-ai-yahal:
    Tillamook legend about the adventures of the god As'ai'yahaL.
*Thunderbird Myths:
    Quileute and Tillamook stories about the Thunderbird.

Recommended Books on Tillamook Myth

Coyote Was Going There: Indian Literature of the Oregon Country:
    Excellent collection of folklore from the Tillamook, Nehalem and other Oregon tribes.
Salish Myths and Legends:
    Anthology of legends and traditional stories from the Tillamook and other Salish tribes.
The Deetkatoo:
    Great collection of traditional tales about little people from the Tillamook and other tribes.

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Additional Resources

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 Books of Native American myths
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 Oregon Indian history
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