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Bakairi Indian Legends

This is our index of Bakairi 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 myth 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 Bakairis, the traditional stories of other Cariban tribes like the Kuikuro and Carib tribes are very similar.

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Important Bakairi Mythological Figures

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

Keri and Kame: These are the twin creator gods of the Bakairi tribe. Together, they adapted the world for humans to live on, and taught them to use fire and hunt.

Evaki: The aunt of Keri and Kame. Evaki has the responsibility of taking the sun out of the jar it is kept in every morning and putting it back away at night. She is associated with sleep and dreams and is sometimes represented as a bat.

Bakairi Indian Folklore

*The Miraculous Twins:
    Bakairi legend about the birth and life of the twin heroes Keri and Kame.

Recommended Books on the Bakairis

The Bakairi Indians of Brazil: Politics, Ecology, and Change:
    Interesting book about Bakairi culture and history, including some traditional Bakairi stories.
Xingu: The Indians,Their Myths:
    Folklore of the Bakairi and other tribes of the Xingu region of Brazil.

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Additional Resources

 Bakairi Mythology
 Books of American Indian legends
 Indian religions
 Brazil tribes
 Amazon Indians
 Cariban language family
 Bakairi culture
 Native American website



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