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
Miwok and 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.