Native Languages of the Americas: Wasco Indian Legends
This is our collection of links to Wasco folktales and traditional stories 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
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 Wascos, the traditional stories of
related tribes like the Chinook and
Maidu tribes are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Wasco legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please contact us and let us know.
Coyote (Spilyay, in the Wasco language):
Coyote is the trickster figure of the Wasco tribe. As in other Plateau Indian mythology, Wasco coyote stories range
from light-hearted tales of mischief and buffoonery to more serious legends about the nature of the world.