Native Languages of the Americas: Umatilla Indian Legends
This is our collection of links to Umatilla folktales and traditional stories that can be read online.
We have indexed our Native American stories 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 Umatillas, the traditional stories of
related tribes like the Walla Walla and
Yakama tribes are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Umatilla story for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please contact us and let us know.
Coyote is the trickster character of the Umatilla tribe. As in other Plateau Indian mythology,
Umatilla stories about Coyote range
from light-hearted tales of mischief and buffoonery to more serious legends about the nature of the world.