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Walla Walla Legends and Traditional Stories

This is our collection of links to Walla Walla stories and folktales that can be read online. We have indexed our American Indian legends 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 Walla Wallas, the traditional stories of related tribes like the Yakama and Cayuse tribes are very similar.

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Important Walla Walla Mythological Figures

Coyote (Ispilyay): Coyote is the trickster figure of the Walla Walla tribe. As in other Plateau Indian mythology, Walla Walla stories about Coyote range from light-hearted tales of mischief and buffoonery to more serious legends about the nature of the world.

Walla Walla Indian Folklore

*Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation: Stories:
    Legends and oral history from the Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla tribes.

Recommended Books on Walla Walla Mythology
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As Days Go By:
    Interesting book of history and myth of the Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla tribes.
Coyote Was Going There: Indian Literature of the Oregon Country:
    Excellent collection of folklore from the Wanapum and other Oregon tribes.

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