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Native Languages of the Americas:
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.

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

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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.

Recommended Books on Tolowa Myth

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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Additional Resources

 Tolowa religion and expressive traditions
 The Religion of the Indians of California
 Books of Native American myths
 Native American spirituality
 Tolowa words
 Native tribes of California
 California culture area
 Athapaskan languages
 Tolowa culture
 Native Americans history



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