Native Languages of the Americas: Dogrib Legends, Myths, and Stories
This is our collection of links to Dogrib stories and folktales that can be read online.
We have indexed our Native American mythology 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 Dogribs, the traditional stories of
related tribes like the Chipewyan and
Slavey tribes are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Dogrib legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please let us know.
(also spelled Yamozhah, Yamoza, Yomazha, and other ways):
This is the culture hero of the Dogrib and other Dene tribes.
His name literally means "Traveler" or "Wanderer," and is pronounced similar to yah-moh-zah.
Sometimes he is also known as Old Man. Yamozha is a heroic monster-slayer in Dogrib 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.