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Native Languages of the Americas:
Lushootseed Indian Legends, Myths, and Stories
This is our collection of links to Lushootseed folktales and traditional stories that can be read online.
We have indexed our Native American stories 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 Lushootseed-speaking Puget Sound Salish tribes
(such as the Skagit, Tulalip, and Snoqualmie tribes,) the traditional stories of other
Coast Salish peoples like the Squamish and
Saanich tribes are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Lushootseed legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please let us know.
(also known as Dokibatt, Qone, and other names):
A Transformer figure of Lushootseed mythology, who brought balance
to the world by using his powers to change people, animals, and the landscape into the forms they have
today. His name literally means Changer.
(also known as Wild Woman or Giant Woman):
A giant cannibal monster who catches human children and carries them off in her enormous pack basket.
Legends of the Stillaguamish:
Online collection of 29 Stillaguamish Indian stories.
Pushing Up the Sky:
Snohomish creation myth.
In The Beginning of the Nisqually World:
Puget Sound Salish myth about the Great Flood and the beginnings of the Nisqually tribe.
Playing a Trick on the Moon:
Snoqualmie legend about Blue Jay's theft of fire.
When Raven Stole Fire:
A different Puget Sound Salish legend about the origin of fire.
Cannibal Basket Woman Defeated By Clever Kids Cannibal Woman's Sister Eats Her Last Meal:
Skagit and Tulalip legends about the Basket Ogress capturing children.
Cannibal Woman Chases Coyote:
Skagit story about Coyote's run-in with two ogresses.
Mink and Whale:
Puget Sound Salish legend about the adventures of trickster Mink.
Raven and Crow's Potlatch:
Skagit legend about Raven tricking his cousin Crow.
Salish Myths and Legends:
Anthology of legends and traditional stories from the Lushootseed and other Salish tribes.
Indian Legends of the Pacific Northwest:
Collection of legends and folktales from the Puget Sound Salish and other northwestern tribes.
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