Lakota Legends

While Native American culture has struggled to survive through centuries of displacement and assimilation, the stories and legends passed on from generation to generation still persevere.

This is perhaps due to their common, timeless message of peace and harmony with nature and all living things.

Years ago, there were thousands of tribes, clans and people of various beliefs and customs living in tipis and other dwellings.

People were hunting, fishing and farming, only taking what was needed and making the most of every animal killed or plant harvested.

While cultures and customs varied, all Native American beliefs were rooted in a common belief that the universe was bound together by the spirits within all natural life of plants, animals, humans, water, air and earth.

Lakota history was passed from generation to generation through the beautiful art of storytelling. Elders shared tales with young ones to preserve the culture and ensure the continuation of a people.

The following are stories told by Native American tribes of the Northern Plains.


The legend of Iktómi comes from the Plains, Southwestern and Western Native American groups. Iktómi has spider-like characteristics and features.

Read more about the Legend of Iktómi.

Origin of the Lakota Pipe

In this legend, two men encounter a beautiful woman with a strong message and important gift for the Lakota people.

Read more about the Origin of the Lakota Pipe.