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Native Languages of the Americas:
Wasco Indian Legends, Myths, and Stories
This is our collection of links to Wasco 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
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 let us know.
Coyote (Spilyay, in the Wasco language):
Coyote is the trickster figure of Wasco legends. As in other Plateau Indian mythology, Wasco stories about Coyote range
from light-hearted tales of mischief and buffoonery to more serious legends about the nature of the world.
Coyote Places the Stars:
Wasco myth about the origin of the constellations.
Coyote and Multnomah Falls A Legend Of Multnomah Falls:
Wasco stories about the origin of Multnomah Falls.
Bridge of the Gods:
Wasco legend about Coyote's fight with Thunderbird.
Pah-To, The White Eagle:
Wasco story about the origin of Mount Hood and Mount Adams.
The Elk Spirit Of Lost Lake:
Wasco story about the origin of the Lake of the Lost Spirits.
Recommended Books on Wasco Mythology
Coyote Places the Stars:
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Children's book depicting a Wasco Indian legend about the origin of constellations.
Coyote Was Going There: Indian Literature of the Oregon Country:
Excellent anthology of folklore from the Wasco and other Oregon tribes.
Indian Legends of the Pacific Northwest:
Collection of legends and folktales from the Wasco and other northwestern tribes.
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