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Native Languages of the Americas:
Wappo Indian Legends, Myths, and Stories
This is our collection of links to Wappo stories and folktales that can be read online.
We have indexed our Native American legends 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 Wappos, the traditional stories of
related tribes like the Miwok
and Yuki tribes are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Wappo legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please let us know.
The culture hero of Wappo myths. In some tales, Coyote
plays the mischievous trickster role common in California Indian folklore, but in others, he is a more
serious protagonist who creates human beings and teaches them the arts of civilization.
Story of the Flood:
Ashochimi (Wappo) myth about the flooding of the earth.
The Legend of the Geysers:
Tale of an Ashochimi sculptor who saved his people from pestilence.
Myths and Legends of California and the Old Southwest:
Online book about Southwest and California Indian mythology.
Recommended Books on Wappo Mythology
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