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Tubatulabal Indian Legends

This is our collection of links to Tubatulabal folktales and traditional stories that can be read online. We have indexed our Indian story 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 Tubatulabal, the traditional stories of related tribes like the Shoshone and Kawaiisu tribes are very similar.

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Important Tubatulabal Mythological Figures

Coyote: Coyote is the culture hero of the Tubatulabal tribe. As in other tribes of California and the Great Basin, Tubatulabal coyote stories range from light-hearted tales of mischief and buffoonery to more serious legends about the nature of the world.

Tubatulabal Indian Folklore

*Coyote Tales of the Mojave Desert:
    Coyote stories from the Chemehuevi, Kawaiisu and Tubatulabal tribes.

Recommended Books on Tubatulabal Mythology

Tubatulabal Texts:
    Collection of Tubatulabal legends and traditional stories.
Surviving Through the Days: Translations of Native California Stories and Songs:
    Anthology of myths and traditional literature from the Tubatulabal and other Native California tribes.

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Additional Resources

 The Religion of the Indians of California
 Books of American Indian myth
 Native American religious belief
 Native American tribes of California
 Uto-Aztecan languages
 Native American Indians history

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