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Native American Legends: Azeban (Azban)
Tribal affiliation: Abenaki, Penobscot
Alternate spellings: Azban, Asban, Azaban, Espun, Hespuns, Hespens
Type: Trickster, raccoon
Azeban, the Raccoon, is a trickster animal of the Abenaki and Penobscot tribes. His exploits are mischievous, funny, and fairly trivial.
Azeban is the main character of many stories aimed at children.
He often behaves foolishly or causes trouble for others, but unlike animal tricksters in some other tribes, Azeban is not dangerous or malevolent.
Azban the Raccoon:
Azban loses a shouting match with a waterfall.
Raccoon Learns A Lesson:
Azeban plays a trick on two blind men.
Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
Raccoon's Last Race:
Children's picture book featuring an Abenaki legend in which Azban the Trickster learns a lesson.
Trickster: Native American Tales:
Excellent collection of stories about Azeban and other Native American trickster animals.
Seven Eyes, Seven Legs:
Illustrated myths and folktales told by an Abenaki author.
Giants of the Dawnland:
More Wabanaki legends told by a Penobscot Indian author.
Native American Animal Stories:
A great collection of American Indian tales about Raccoon and other animals, told by an Abenaki storyteller.
Voice of the Dawn
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