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Native American Legends: Talapus
Tribal affiliation: Chinook
Alternate spellings: Italapas
Also known as: Coyote
Type: Animal spirits,
Related figures in other tribes: Coyote (Western)
Coyote is a trickster character that occasionally appears in Chinook legends, even
is the more typical trickster figure in Chinook mythology.
Indeed, some of the same stories usually told about the Bluejay
were sometimes told by Chinook people with Coyote as the main character instead.
Coyote is the trickster figure of the Interior Salish and Plateau tribes; since the
Chinooks were the center of a trade network that included most of the northwestern
tribes, their mythology absorbed elements from many different tribes.
Coyote Builds Willamette Falls and The Magic Fish Trap:
Two Chinook Coyote legends.
Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
Coyote Was Going There: Indian Literature of the Oregon Country:
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Excellent anthology of folklore from the Chinook and other Oregon tribes.
Indian Legends of the Pacific Northwest:
Collection of legends and folktales from the Chinook and other northwestern tribes.
Traders of the Columbia River
Chinook Indian tribe
Washington Native American history
Northwest Coast artists
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