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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.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Alutiiq legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please let us know.
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, or Arula'aq, is a bigfoot-like shapeshifting being of Alutiiq folklore. He lives in the wilderness
and communicates with eerie whistles.
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.
Animated illustrations of Aleut and Alutiiq legends about natural disasters.
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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