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Achagua Myths, Legends, and Stories

This is our index of Achagua stories and folktales that can be read online. We have organized our Native American legends section by tribe to make them easier to locate; however, variants on the same story 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 Achaguas, the mythology of other Caribbean tribes like the Arawak and Piapoco tribes are very similar.

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Important Achagua Mythological Figures

Click on each character's name for more detailed information about his or her role in Achagua mythology.

Cuaiguerry: The principal Achagua god, associated with the wind.

Achagua Indian Folklore

*Kamaisani, la que es mezquina:
    An Achagua legend in Achagua and Spanish.
*Kamaisani, the stingy one:
    For English speakers, here is a translation of this legend.

Recommended Books on Achagua Mythology
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Made from Bone: Trickster Myths, Music, and History from the Amazon:
    Interesting book exploring the mythology of the Arawakan peoples.

Additional Resources

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