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Native Languages of the Americas:
Witoto Indian Legends, Myths, and Stories
This is our collection of links to Witoto folktales and traditional stories that can be read online.
We have indexed our Native American legends 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 are Witoto myths, the traditional stories of
neighboring tribes like the Bora and
Quichua tribes are often similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Witoto legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please let us know.
The great Creator God of Witoto myth, associated with the moon, death, and rebirth.
"Moma" is not atually his name but the word for "Father," which is commonly used
by Witoto people to refer to any respected older man. This generic type of address can be confusing to
folklorists, who have not always been certain whether Moma referred to one god of two different ones.
However, it is very typical of Witoto culture, in which personal names are considered very sacred and
not appropriate for public use.
Witoto Creation Myth:
Origin story of the Witotos.
Recommended Books on Witoto Mythology
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Book on Arawak, Carib, and Witoto legends and religious traditions.
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