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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.

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Important Wappo Mythological Figures

Coyote: 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.

Wappo Indian Folklore

*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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Wappo Texts:
    Collection of Wappo legends and traditional stories.

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Additional Resources

 Wappo religion and expressive traditions
 American Indian religious beliefs
 Wappo language
 History of California
 California tribes
 Wappo culture
 Native American Indian tribes map

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