KUMEYAAY STORIES Kumeyaay Story Native American Indian Storytellers Portal Pictures Storytelling Photos Tribal Anecdotes Fables Creation Story Cultural Tales Folklore Myths Mythology, Kumeyaay legends of the Ipai Tipai, Diegueno, Cocopah, Havasupai, Quechan, Cochimi, Mohave, Kiliwa, Hualapai YUMAN Language Indians, and SHOSHONEAN language Indians Juaneno, Luiseno, Serrano, Gabrielino, Cahuilla, Chemehuevi Native American stories storytellers of North America, southwest USA, Southern California.

Barbara Levy, Quechan storyteller (pictured)Larry Hill, Seneca stoyteller (quoted)



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PLAYING: Kumeyaay story audio recording in native Kumeyaay language by Mary L. LaChappa in the 1960s, "Orphan Boy."

Kumeyaay recording contributed by Daleane Adams (digitally restored by G BALLARD).

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Kumeyaay stories of the Brown-Curo family of Barona and Viejas.

Forward by Samuel Brown aka "Howka Sam" of Viejas, Kumeyaay:

FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS, grandparent, parent and peer storytelling was a part of the Kumeyaay culture where family traditions and morals were passed along by such stories, and many others were told simply for entertainment and humor.

There were designated storytellers, who, for a price, would travel the countryside and enthrall inter-tribal audiences for hours telling stories of heroes, adventure, and mystery.

Now only fragments of the stories exist, and with fading memories this history is rapidly passing. It is the goal of these sites to preserve as much as possible of what remains.

This is an open invitation for any Kumeyaay members to send whatever stories and photographs they have for preservation on these web sites. The stories do not have to be great epics, they can be simple short paragraphs about events in the recent past that offer insight into the culture as it existed only a few years ago.

• We can scan your priceless original photographs at your home, and digitally restore them.
• We can photograph your priceless original items at your home, caption and catalog them.
• We can interview, video tape, and record your oral history, your stories, at your home.

Thank you for your interest.

WEBMASTER: www.kumeyaay.org
Examples of such stories can be found HERE:
These particular Kumeyaay stories are from the Brown-Curo family of Barona and Viejas.

Learn how to pronounce Kumeyaay video:

WATCH & LEARN how to Speak Kumeyaay Language Videos by Howka Sam on YOUTUBE.

KUMEYAAY STORY TRANSLATED into English The Rabblt Versus the Rattlesnake

NATIVE AMERICAN LORE, Inter-Tribal Stories Index (ihawaii.net)

Circle of Stories uses documentary film, photography, artwork and music to honor and explore Native American storytelling.

FIRST PEOPLE Stories firstpeople.us
Many a legend has been written by the Elders. Here are over 1400 of their stories and teachings, split over eight pages. I have 100's more Native American Legends to add, so please come back and revisit. Thank you and enjoy reading.

LINKS to Native American Indian Stories, Storytellers Anecdotes, Fables, Legends, Tales, Myths and Mythology:

"Our stories were us, what we knew, where we came from and where we were going. They were told to remind us of our responsibility, to instruct, and to entertain. There were stories of the Creation, our travels, our laws. There were legends of hard-fought battles, funny anecdotes - some from the smokehouse, some from the trickster - and there were scary stories to remind us of danger, spiritual and otherwise. Stories were our life and they still are." -Larry Hill, Seneca: WEBSITE indigenouspeople.net.

"Coyote Meets Stinkbug" told by Kumeyaay Elder & Storyteller Benito Peralta WEBSITE historyandculture.com

Native American KIDS' stories WEBSITE ihs.gov, US Department of Indian Health Services.

Cultural tales told by North American Indians WEBSITE pitt.edu

Storytellers, Native American Authors WEBSITE hanksville.org

Often ancient oral legends have a factual basis. The tale of The Giant Beaver and The Great Lake is an interesting example of such fact and fable: WEBSITE bio.umas.edu

Essay: What is The Definition of a True Native American? WEBSITE indigenouspeople.net

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