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Native Languages of the Americas:
Aleut Indian Legends, Myths, and Stories
This is our index of Aleut folktales and traditional stories that can be read online.
We have organized our indigenous 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 Aleuts (also known as the Unangan), the traditional stories of
related people like the Inuit and
Yupik tribes are very similar to Aleut myths.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend an Aleut legend for this page, please let us know.
Click on each character's name for more detailed information about his or her role in Aleut mythology.
This is the name of the Aleut creator god. Agugux is an incorporeal spirit who is rarely personified in Aleut stories. His name, which literally
means "Creator," is pronounced similar to ah-ghoo-ghookh, so that it roughly rhymes with the word "book."
Raven is a culture hero of the Aleut and other Native Alaskan tribes.
He is a benevolent transformer figure who helps the people and shapes their world for them,
but at the same time, he is also a trickster character and many Aleut stories about Raven have to do with
his frivolous or poorly thought out behavior getting him into trouble.
His Aleut name is pronounced similar to kan-glah-ghikh.
The Fight for a Wife:
Aleut story about a young man becoming a village champion.
The Girl Who Married the Moon:
Aleut legend about the man in the moon and his wife.
The Girl Who Searched For Her Lover:
Aleut story about a woman who avenged her lover by killing a family of cannibal monsters.
Origin of the Winds:
Aleut legend about a doll-warrior who released the winds.
Raven and His Grandmother:
Aleut myths about the wives of the trickster hero Raven.
The Two Inquisitive Men:
Aleut folktale about two brothers who were too curious for their own good.
The White Faced Bear:
Aleut legend about the fate of hunters who killed too many bears.
Recommended Books on Aleut Mythology
Aleut Tales and Narratives:
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Collection of traditional stories in Aleut with English translation and commentary.
Books of indigenous legends
Alaska Native tribes
Native American culture for kids
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