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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.

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Important Aleut Mythological Figures

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

Agugux: 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 (Qanglaagix): 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.

Aleut Indian Folklore

*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.

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Aleut Tales and Narratives:
    Collection of traditional stories in Aleut with English translation and commentary.

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