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Native Languages of the Americas:
Wishram Indian Legends
This is our collection of links to Wishram folktales and traditional stories that can be read online.
We have indexed our Native American 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 Wishrams, the traditional stories of
related tribes like the and
Chinooks are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Wishram story for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please let us know.
Coyote is the trickster figure of the Wishram tribe. As in other Plateau Indian mythology, Wishram coyote stories range
from light-hearted tales of mischief and buffoonery to more serious legends about the nature of the world.
Coyote and Eagle Visit the Land of the Dead:
Wishram legend about the origin of death.
Early 20th-century collection of Wishham legends.
Recommended Books on Wishram Myth
Coyote Was Going There: Indian Literature of the Oregon Country:
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Excellent anthology of folklore from the Wishram and other Oregon tribes.
Indian Legends of the Pacific Northwest:
Collection of legends and folktales from the Wishram and other northwestern tribes.
Wishram religion and expressive traditions
Native spirituality beliefs
Native Americans of Oregon
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