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Chilcotin Indian Legends

This is our collection of links to Chilcotin 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 Chilcotins, the traditional stories of related tribes like the Carrier and Chipewyan tribes are very similar.

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Important Chilcotin Mythological Figures

Raven: Raven is the culture hero of the Chilcotin and other Northwest Coast tribes. He is a benevolent, respected figure who helps the people by bringing them sunlight and salmon, but at the same time, he is also a trickster character and many Raven stories have to do with his frivolous or poorly thought out behavior getting him into trouble.

Chilcotin Indian Folklore

*The Stretching Tree:
    Chilcotin legend about a faithful wife.
*The White Cat:
    Chilcotin adaptation of a European legend.
*The Conquering Gambler:
    Chilcotin story about two men who made unwise gambles.

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Recommended Books on Chilcotin Mythology
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Reserve Memories: The Power of the Past in a Chilcotin Community:
    Interesting book about Chilcotin history, myth, and evolving traditions.

Additional Resources

 Chilcotin religion and expressive traditions
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 Native American traditions and customs
 Canadian First Nations
 Subarctic region
 Athabaskan Indians
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