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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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Click on each character's name for more detailed information about his or her role in Bakairi mythology.
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.
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:
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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.
Books of American Indian mythology
Native American shamanism
Cariban language family
Native American reservations
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