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Tolowa Indian Legends, Myths, and Stories

This is our collection of links to Tolowa 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 Tolowa mythology, the traditional stories of related tribes like the Tututni and Umpqua tribes are very similar.

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Tolowa Indian Folklore

*The Flood and the Theft of Fire:
    Tolowa legend about the beginnings of the world.
*Myths and Legends of California and the Old Southwest:
    Online book about Southwest and California Indian mythology.
*Mythology of the California Tribes:
    Early 20th-century collection of Tolowa and other California Indian legends.

Recommended Books on Tolowa Myth
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Surviving Through the Days: Translations of Native California Stories and Songs:
    Anthology of myths and traditional literature from the Tolowa and other Native California tribes.

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