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Washo Legends and Traditional Stories
This is our collection of links to Washo folktales and traditional stories 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 Washo, the mythology of
related tribes like the
Paiute and Maidu are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Washo legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please let us know.
In Washo stories, the Water Babies were small nature spirits that lived in lakes and rivers.
They had magic powers and could be dangerous,
but would often help people who approached them with respect.
A huge roc-like bird monster that carried off and ate people.
Washoe Legend Creatures:
Washoe stories about water babies and the Ong bird.
Washo Tales: Three Original Washo Indian Legends:
Book of Washo folklore.
Traditional stories in the Washo language, with English translation.
Washoe religion and expressive traditions
Books of Native Indian folktales
Native American religions
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