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Wishram Indian Legends

This is our collection of links to Wishram folktales and traditional stories that can be read online. We have indexed our Native American 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 Wishrams, the traditional stories of related tribes like the and Wasco and Chinooks are very similar.

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Important Wishram Mythological Figures

Coyote. Coyote is the trickster figure of the Wishram tribe. As in other Plateau Indian mythology, Wishram coyote stories range from light-hearted tales of mischief and buffoonery to more serious legends about the nature of the world.

Wishram Indian Folklore

*Coyote and Eagle Visit the Land of the Dead:
    Wishram legend about the origin of death.
*Chinookan Mythology:
    Early 20th-century collection of Wishham legends.

Recommended Books on Wishram Myth
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Coyote Was Going There: Indian Literature of the Oregon Country:
    Excellent anthology of folklore from the Wishram and other Oregon tribes.
Indian Legends of the Pacific Northwest:
    Collection of legends and folktales from the Wishram and other northwestern tribes.

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Additional Resources

 Wishram religion and expressive traditions
 Wishram Indians
 Native spirituality beliefs
 Native Americans of Oregon
 Native American tribes of the Plateau region
 Penutian language
 North American native tribes map

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