Native Languages of the Americas: Umpqua Legends, Myths, and Stories
This is our collection of links to Umpqua stories and folktales 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
story 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 Umpqua, the traditional stories of
related tribes like the
Tolowa and Tututni are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Umpqua legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please let us know.
Tamanous (also spelled Tamahnous, Tamanamus, or other ways):
The Creator god of the Upper Umpqua tribe. Actually this is the word for "god" or "spirit" in the Chinook Jargon trade language, which was
widely used by the Umpqua and other Northwestern tribes. The original Umpqua name seems to have been lost to time (the Upper Umpqua language
has not been spoken in generations and few records of it remain.) In English, he is often known as Old Man or Great Spirit.
A trickster hero of the Umpqua and other tribes of the Oregon coast.