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Alutiiq Indian Legends, Myths, and Stories

This is our index of Sugpiaq/Alutiiq 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 legend are often told by Native people from different tribes, especially if those tribes are kinfolk or neighbors to each other. In particular, though these legends come from the Alutiiqs, the traditional stories of related tribes like the Aleut and Yup'ik are very similar.

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Important Alutiiq Mythological Figures

Raven: Raven is a culture hero of the Alutiiq and other Native Alaskan tribes. He is a benevolent transformer character who helps the people and shapes their world for them, but at the same time, he is also a trickster spirit and many Alutiiq stories about Raven have to do with his frivolous or poorly thought out behavior getting him into trouble.

Aula'aq: Aula'aq, or Arula'aq, is a bigfoot-like shapeshifting being of Alutiiq folklore. He lives in the wilderness and communicates with eerie whistles.

Alutiiq Indian Folklore

*Alutiiq Storytelling:
    Article on the significance of storytelling to the Alutiiq people.
    Traditions about Bigfoot (Aula'aq) in Alutiiq culture.
*The Girl Who Married The Moon:
    Video telling the legend of the Alutiiq man in the moon and his wife.
*Tsunami Legends:
    Animated illustrations of Aleut and Alutiiq legends about natural disasters.

Recommended Books on Alutiiq Mythology
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Looking Both Ways: Heritage & Identity of the Alutiiq People:
    Interesting book about the Alutiiq worldview.
The Hungry Giant of the Tundra:
    Children's picture book based on Eskimo folktales about children who outwit cannibal giants.
    (This version is Yup'ik, but the same stories are also told by the Alutiiq people.)

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