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Native Languages of the Americas:
Wailaki Indian Legends, Myths, and Stories

This is our collection of links to Wailaki stories and folktales that can be read online. We have indexed our Indian mythology 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 Wailakis, the traditional stories of related tribes like the Kato and Hupa tribes are very similar.

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Important Wailaki Mythological Figures

Coyote (Gise, Ky'isee, Kyise, or Ch'isee in the Wailaki language): Coyote is the trickster character of Wailaki myths. He is clever but reckless, and is constantly getting himself and the people around him into trouble with his irresponsible and socially inappropriate behavior. As in the mythology of many California Indian tribes, Wailaki Coyote stories range from humorous tales of mischief to more serious legends about the nature of the world.

Wailaki Indian Folklore

*Bear Woman and Deer Woman:
    Lassik version of a typical California Indian legend about a fight between a bear family and a deer family.

Recommended Books on Wailaki Myth

Surviving Through the Days: Translations of Native California Stories and Songs:
    Anthology of myths and traditional literature from the Nomlaki and other Native California tribes.

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Additional Resources

 Wailaki religion and expressive traditions
 The Religion of the Indians of California
 Books of Native American legends
 Native beliefs
 Native American tribes of California
 California culture area
 Wailaki culture
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