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Carrier Indian Legends, Myths, and Stories

This is our collection of links to Babine, Wet'suwet'en, and Carrier stories and folktales 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 Carriers, the traditional stories of related tribes like the Slavey and Chipewyan tribes are very similar.

Enjoy the legends! If you would like to recommend a Carrier Indian story for this page or think one of the ones on here should be removed, please let us know.

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Important Carrier Mythological Figures

Utakke (also spelled Yutakki, Utakké, Yuttore or Yuttoere): This is the name of the great sky god of Carrier mythology. He is a benevolent creator spirit who sometimes intervenes to help people in distress. His name means "He who lives on high."

Carrier Indian Folklore

*The Orphan Hero:
    Carrier legend about the life and death of a monster-slaying hero.
*The Sky Boy and the Magic Arrows:
    Carrier story about another mythical hero.
*Snaring of the Sun:
    Carrier myth about a boy who caught the sun.
*The Magic Feather and the Four Culture Heroes:
    Carrier legends about a sister and three brothers who fought evil.
*The Frog Girl and the Bear's Wife:
    Two bilingual Wet'suwet'en legends.

Recommended Books on Carrier Myth

Musdzi Udada the Owl:
    Bilingual picture book relating a Carrier Indian legend.

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Additional Resources

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 British Columbia First Nations
 Subarctic Natives
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