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Twana Indian Legends, Myths, and Stories

This is our collection of links to Twana folktales and traditional stories that can be read online. We have indexed our Indian tales 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 Twanas, the traditional stories of related tribes like the Klallam and Lushootseed tribes are very similar.

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Important Twana Mythological Figures

Raven: Raven is the culture hero of Skokomish and Twana mythology. He is a revered and benevolent transformer character who helps the people and shapes their world for them, but at the same time, he is also a trickster spirit and many Twana stories about Raven have to do with his frivolous or poorly thought out behavior getting him into trouble.

Twana Indian Folklore

*Legend of the Dog Salmon People:
    Origin story of the Skokomish tribe.
How Daylight Came to Be:
    Twana legend about how Ant Woman won daytime from the Creator.

Recommended Books of Twana Myths

Salish Myths and Legends:
    Anthology of legends and traditional stories from the Twana and other Salish tribes.

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Additional Resources

 Native American myths
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 Twana language
 Native tribes in Washington
 Northwest Coast Native Americans
 Pacific Northwest art
 Salishan reservations
 Native American tribes of the United States



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