Native Languages of the Americas: Twana Indian Legends
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.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Twana legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please contact us and let us know.
Raven is the culture hero of the Twana and other northern Salish tribes.
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 Raven stories have to do with
his frivolous or poorly thought out behavior getting him into trouble.