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Wasco Indian Legends, Myths, and Stories

This is our collection of links to Wasco stories and folktales that can be read online. We have indexed our Indian mythology 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 Wascos, the traditional stories of related tribes like the Chinook and Maidu tribes are very similar.

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Important Wasco Mythological Figures

Coyote (Spilyay, in the Wasco language): Coyote is the trickster figure of Wasco legends. As in other Plateau Indian mythology, Wasco stories about Coyote range from light-hearted tales of mischief and buffoonery to more serious legends about the nature of the world.

Wasco Indian Folklore

*Coyote Places the Stars:
    Wasco myth about the origin of the constellations.
*Coyote and Multnomah Falls * A Legend Of Multnomah Falls:
    Wasco stories about the origin of Multnomah Falls.
*Bridge of the Gods:
    Wasco legend about Coyote's fight with Thunderbird.
*Pah-To, The White Eagle:
    Wasco story about the origin of Mount Hood and Mount Adams.
*The Elk Spirit Of Lost Lake:
    Wasco story about the origin of the Lake of the Lost Spirits.

Recommended Books on Wasco Mythology
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Coyote Places the Stars:
    Children's book depicting a Wasco Indian legend about the origin of constellations.
Coyote Was Going There: Indian Literature of the Oregon Country:
    Excellent anthology of folklore from the Wasco and other Oregon tribes.
Indian Legends of the Pacific Northwest:
    Collection of legends and folktales from the Wasco and other northwestern tribes.

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Additional Resources

 Wasco religion and expressive traditions
 Wasco Indians
 American Indian religious beliefs
 Oregon language
 The Great Plateau
 Penutian language family
 Native American tribes of the United States by region



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