Native Languages of the Americas: Wintu Indian Legends
This is our collection of links to Wintu 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 Wintus, the traditional stories of
related tribes like the Miwok and
Costanoan tribes are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Wintu legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please contact us and let us know.
Coyote is the trickster figure of the Wintu tribe. He is clever but reckless, and is constantly getting himself
and the people around him into trouble with his irresponsible and socially inappropriate behavior.
As in the mythology of many California Indian tribes, Wintu Coyote stories range from humorous tales of
mischief to more serious legends about the nature of the world.