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Native Languages of the Americas:
Yuchi Legends, Myths, and Stories

This is our collection of links to Yuchi stories and folktales 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 Yuchi tribe, the traditional stories of neighboring tribes like the Cherokee and Chickasaw are very similar.

Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Yuchi legend for this page or think one of the ones on here should be removed, please let us know.

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Important Yuchi Mythological Figures

Sun (T-cho, Tso, or P'tso in the Yuchi language.) In the traditions of the Yuchi it is the Sun, not the Earth, who is the mythological mother figure. For this reason the Yuchi call themselves Tsoyaha, "children of the sun."

Tie-Snakes. These are mythological water spirits also common to the folklore of many Southeastern Native American tribes. They are the size and shape of an ordinary snake, but have immense strength. Tie-Snakes live underwater and were feared for their ability to catch humans and drag them underwater to drown.

Yuchi Indian Folklore

*The Creation of the Earth * In The Beginning * Origin of Dry Land * The Yuchi Creation Story:
    Yuchi myths about the creation of the world.
*Why The Cedar Tree Is Red:
    Yuchi legend about the people defeating an evil magician.

Recommended Books on Yuchi Mythology

Southeastern Native American Legends:
    Book comparing the traditional stories of the Yuchi and other Southeast tribes.

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Additional Resources

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 Tennessee Indian tribes
 Yuchi culture
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