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Osage Indian Legends
This is our collection of links to Osage 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 Osages, the traditional stories of
related tribes like the Omaha and
Kansa tribes are very similar.
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The great Creator God of the Osage tribe. Wakonda is an abstract, omnipresent spirit who is never personified in traditional Osage legends, and in fact
did not even have a gender before the introduction of English with its gender-specific pronouns.
Itsike (also spelled Icike, Itsinke, Ichinke, and other ways):
The trickster figure of the Osage and other Dhegiha tribes. He is less important to Osage mythology than to the neighboring
Omaha and Ponca people, and some of his stories are told with
Coyote as the protagonist instead by Osage storytellers.
Fairy-like little people of Osage folklore.
Earth spirits of Osage folklore.
Children of the Sun:
Osage legend about the creation of the earth.
The Fatal Swing:
Osage legend about a wicked mother-in-law.
The Spider and the People:
Story about how the spider came to be an Osage symbol.
Wisdom of the Willow Tree:
Osage legend about a young man learning wisdom.
Recommended Books on Osage Mythology
Hold Up The Sky:
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Anthology of legends from the Osage and other Southern Plains tribes.
Osage religion and expressive traditions
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