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.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Wailaki legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please let us know.
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.