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Native Languages of the Americas:
Yokuts Legends, Myths, and Stories
This is our collection of links to Yokuts folktales and traditional stories that can be read online.
We have indexed our Native American tales 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 Yokuts tribe, the traditional stories of
related tribes like the
Ohlone are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Yokuts legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please let us know.
The trickster hero of Yokuts mythology.
As in many California Indian legends, Yokuts Coyote stories range
from light-hearted tales of mischief and buffoonery to more serious legends about
the nature of the world.
A mysterious and dangerous water spirit from the folklore of the Yokuts and other California Indian
tribes. Water babies inhabit springs and ponds, and they and their eerie cries are omens of bad luck and death.
Costanoan and Yokut Myths:
Collection of Costanoan and Yokut legends.
Yokuts Creation Story California Creation Lore Gashowu Creation Truhohi Creation Wukchamni Creation Yawelmani Creation:
Yokut legends about the creation of the world.
Gashowu Death Legend Truhohi Death Legend Yauelmani Death Legend:
Yokut legends about the origin of death.
A Tachi Legend Visit to the Dead:
Yokuts legends about the land of the dead.
Origin of the Sierra Nevadas:
Yokuts folklore about the Sierra Nevadas.
The Theft of Fire: Origin of Fire:
Yokuts legends about how fire came to the people.
War Of The Foothill And Plains People:
Yokut legend about the animals becoming what they are today.
The Bald Eagle And The Prairie Falcon:
Yokuts legend about a fight between two birds.
The Eagle's Son:
How the birds got their colors.
The Man And The Owls:
Yaudanchi legend about a family killed by owls.
The Race Of The Antelope And Deer:
Yokuts legend about a wager between Antelope and Deer.
The Prairie Falcon's Wife:
Yokuts legend about Condor stealing Prairie Falcon's wife.
Tachi Yokut legend about five girls and a flea who became stars.
The Wolf and the Crane:
Yokut legend about the origin of Orion's belt.
The Owl Doctor:
How the owls brought Prairie Falcon back to life.
Mythology of the California Tribes:
Early 20th-century collection of Yokuts and other California Indian legends.
Myths and Legends of California and the Old Southwest:
Online book about Southwest and California Indian mythology.
Recommended Books of Yokuts Myths
Yokuts and Western Mono Myths:
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Collection of Mono and Yokuts legends and traditional stories.
Surviving Through the Days: Translations of Native California Stories and Songs:
Anthology of myths and traditional literature from the Yokuts and other Native California tribes.
American Indian Trickster Tales:
Compilation of more than a hundred stories about Coyote and other Native American tricksters.
(Use discretion sharing these with kids as some of the stories contain adult humor.)
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