Native Languages of the Americas: Deg Hit'an/Ingalik Stories, Myths, and Legends
This is our collection of links to Deg Hit'an folktales and traditional stories that can be read online.
We have indexed our Native Indian lore 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 Deg Hit'an tribe, the mythology of
related tribes like the Tanana and
Koyukon tribes are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Deg Hit'an legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please let us know.
Raven (Yixgitsiy or Yuxgitsiy):
Raven (or Crow) is the creator god of the Deg Hit'an and other Alaskan Athabaskan tribes.
He is a revered and benevolent transformer figure who helps the people and shapes their world for them,
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.
His Deg Xinag name, Yixgitsiy, literally means "your grandfather" (referring to the audience
listening to the story as Raven's descendants.)
Also known as the Transformer or Wanderer, Beaver is a heroic monster-slayer in Deg Hit'an folklore.
Frequently he uses his cleverness rather than his strength to defeat his enemies,
at which point he either kills them or transforms them into something harmless.