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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 Carib and Arawak tribes are very similar.

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Important Witoto Mythological Figures

Moma: 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 Indian Folklore

*Witoto Creation Myth:
    Origin story of the Witotos.

Recommended Books on Witoto Mythology

Animism and Folklore of the Guiana Indians:
    Book on Arawak, Carib, and Witoto legends and religious traditions.

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