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Yuki Indian Legends, Myths, and Stories

This is our collection of links to Yuki 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 Yukis, the traditional stories of related tribes like the Wappo and Pomo tribes are very similar.

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Important Yuki Mythological Figures

Coyote: The culture hero of Yuki mythology. In some Yuki stories, Coyote plays the mischievous trickster role common in California Indian folklore, but in others, he is a more serious protagonist who creates human beings and teaches them the arts of civilization.

Yuki Indian Folklore

*Round Valley Yuki Myth of Creation:
    Yuki legend of how the god Taikomol created the world.
*Mythology of the California Tribes:
    Early 20th-century collection of Yuki and other California Indian legends.

Additional Resources

 Yuki religion and expressive traditions
 Books of American Indian myth
 North American Indian beliefs
 Yuki Indians
 Yuki language
 California Native American history
 California culture area map
 Native American reservation map

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