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Catawba Legends, Myths, and Stories

This is our collection of links to Catawba stories and folktales that can be read online. We have indexed our American Indian myths and legends 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 Catawba, the mythology of related tribes like the Creek and Cherokee are very similar.

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Catawba Mythological Figures

Yehasuri: Mischievous, dwarf-like nature spirits of Catawba folklore. Yehasuri are not generally dangerous creatures, but the tricks they play can sometimes be destructive, and they were sometimes used as bogeymen to warn children away from bad behavior.

Catawba Indian Folklore

*Catawba Little People:
    Catawba stories and traditions about the Yehasuri.

Recommended Books on Catawba Myth
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Catawba Texts:
    Collection of Catawba story texts.

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