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Native Languages of the Americas:
Yana Legends, Myths, and Stories
This is our collection of links to Yana stories and folktales that can be read online.
We have indexed our Native American folktales 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 Yanas, the traditional stories of
related tribes like the Achumawi and
Maidu tribes are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Yana legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please let us know.
Silver Fox and Coyote:
Silver Fox and Coyote are the culture heroes of Yana mythology
Together they create the world and teach the people
how to live. Although both are creators, Silver Fox is the more serious and wise of the
two, while Coyote is more of a trickster spirit and prone to make frivolous decisions based on whims,
hunger, or interest in women. Silver Fox is female in the traditions of some neighboring tribes,
but in Yana myths, both Coyote and Silver Fox are male.
Yana Indian Folklore
The Creation of Man:
Yana myth about the origin of people.
Recommended Books on Yana Mythology
Ishi's Tale of Lizard:
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Folktale about the California Indian hero Lizard, compellingly narrated by the last survivor of the Yana tribe.
Collection of Yana stories and legends.
Surviving Through the Days: Translations of Native California Stories and Songs:
Anthology of myths and traditional literature from the Yana, Yahi, and other Native California tribes.
The Religion of the Indians of California
Books of Native American folklore
Facts about Indian religion
Northern California Indian tribes
Native American reservations in the US
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