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Native Languages of the Americas:
Pomo Indian Legends, Myths, and Stories

This is our collection of links to Pomo folktales and traditional stories that can be read online. We have indexed our Indian 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 Pomos, the traditional stories of related tribes like the Miwok and Wappo tribes are very similar.

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Important Pomo Mythological Figures

Coyote: The culture hero of the Pomo tribe. In some tales, 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.

Pomo Indian Folklore

*Pomo Bear Doctors:
    Online book of Pomo mythology and religious practices.
*The Girl Who Married Rattlesnake:
    Pomo legend about a girl who became a rattlesnake.
*Folk Tales of the Kashaya:
    Legends and stories told by Kashaya Indian elders.
*The Origin of Light:
    Gallinomero (Southern Pomo) legend about the creation of the sun and moon.
*The Spirit Land:
    Gallinomero tales about the afterlife.
*Mythology of the California Tribes:
    Early 20th-century collection of Pomo and other California Indian legends.
*Myths and Legends of California and the Old Southwest:
    Online book about Southwest and California Indian mythology.

Recommended Books of Pomo Myths
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Coyote and the Grasshoppers:
    Picture book illustrating a Pomo myth about the importance of pests like grasshoppers.
Surviving Through the Days: Translations of Native California Stories and Songs:
    Anthology of myths and traditional literature from the Pomo and other Native California tribes.

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Additional Resources

 Pomo religion and expressive traditions
 Native American values and beliefs
 Pomo Indians
 Pomo language
 Indian reservations in California
 California Indian cultures
 Hokan linguistics
 Indian tribes of North America



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