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Arawak Myths, Legends, and Stories

This is our index of Arawak folktales and traditional stories 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 American Indians from different tribes, especially if those tribes are kinfolk or neighbors to each other. In particular, though these legends come from the Arawaks, the traditional stories of other Caribbean tribes like the Carib and Taino tribes are very similar.

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Important Arawak Mythological Figures

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

Kururumany: Culture hero and creator of the Warao and Arawak tribes.

Arawak Indian Folklore

*Legends of the Arawaks:
    Collection of Arawak legends and folktales.
*How The Birds Obtained Their Distinctive Markings:
    Traditional Arawak story about a war among the birds.

Recommended Books on Arawak Mythology

Animism and Folklore of the Guiana Indians:
    Collection of Witoto, Carib, and Arawak mythology.
Rain Forest Literatures: Amazonian Texts and Latin American Culture:
    An interesting comparison of traditional Carib, Guarani, and Arawak stories.

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Additional Resources

 Columbus and the Golden World of the Island Arawaks
 Books of American Indian legends
 Indian religions
 Venezuelan Natives
 Caribbean Indians
 Arawakan language
 Arawak culture
 Native American Indians

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