Native Languages of the Americas: Carib Indian Legends, Myths, and Stories
This is our collection of links to Carib folktales and traditional stories that can be read online.
We have indexed 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 Caribs, the traditional stories of
other Caribbean tribes like the Arawak and
Taino tribes are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Carib legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please let us know.
This is the name of the great Creator god of the Carib tribe. His name means "the Ancient One"
and is pronounced tah-moh-see; sometimes the longer name Tamosi Kabutana or Tamosi Kabo-Tano
is used ("Ancient One of the Sky.") Tamosi is not personified in Carib myth and
indeed is said never to have been seen by mortal man.
A benevolent transformer-type demigod who shapes the world for the Caribs and teaches them
how to live. In some Carib stories he is known as Sigu or Sigoo and considered to be the
son of Tamosi; in others, he has a twin brother named Vochi who helps him in his work.
Makunaima and Pia
(also spelled Makonaima, Piai, Piai'ima, and other ways):
These are Carib culture heroes, twin sons of the Sun who help humankind
by ridding the land of monsters. However, in some Carib traditions, the name Makunaima is instead
used as an alternate name for Tamosi. "Makunaima" means "he works by night" and "Pia" means
An evil spirit that possesses people and causes them to turn into deadly animals and/or go into a murderous rage. Assassins, or
Carib people seeking revenge for a slain relative, sometimes invited the Kanaima spirit into themselves by
taking certain drugs or conducting certain magic rituals.