The mythology Sahaptienne-Penutienne brings together the following Amerindian peoples: Nez-Piercés, Yakamas, Klamaths, Modocs.
The Sahaptian languages are a small family of Native American languages spoken in the northwestern United States. Edward Sapir included them in his hypothesis of languages penutians, within the Penutian Plateaux subgroup.
The Nose-Pierced, Nimíipuu, are a Native American tribe of the group penutian who lived in the Columbia Plateau of the Pacific Northwest at the time of Lewis and Clark's expedition.
The memory of the Nez-Perce remains intact through the breeding and selection of the Appaloosa horse, native to the Palouse River, and their heroic resistance during their flight over several thousand kilometers under the leadership of Chief Joseph. The term Pierced nose is an exonym given by French or French-speaking Canadian fur traders who were the first to come into contact with members of the tribe. This term has been taken up by English speakers.
The nation of Yakamas (formerly Yakimas) lives in Washington State in the northwestern United States.
The Klamaths are a Native American people who lived in southern Oregon. They are related to other peoples of the Columbia Plateau, and particularly to the Modocs.
Sahaptian-Penutian mythology (texts)
- Bat and coyote
- Bear And Raccoon Boy
- Bear Leads A Boy Astray
- Bears And Coyote
- Chipmunk And Snake
- Coyote And Porcupine
- Coyote And The Mallard Ducks
- Coyote And The Monster Of Kamiah
- Coyote Creates Human Beings
- How The Beaver Stole Fire From The Pines
- The First Moccasins
- The Man Who Married A Bear
- When Sweat Lodge Was Human
- Yellow Jacket And Ant
Books on Penutian Mythology
Comics / Illustrated:
In French :
Only in English:
- Heroes and Heroines in Tlingit Haida Legend
- Haa Shuka, Our Ancestors: Tlingit Oral Narratives
- How a Mountain Was Made: Stories
- Two Bear Cubs: A Miwok Legend from California's Yosemite Valley
- The Ohlone Way: Indian Life in the San Francisco-Monterey Bay Area
- Hear Me, My Chiefs! Nez Perce History and Legend