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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.

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Important Dogrib Mythological Figures

Yamozha (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.

Dogrib Indian Legends

*Tłı̨chǫ Stories from Long Ago:
    Several traditional stories in English and Tłı̨chǫ.
*Yamozha Kills The Giant Beavers:
    Dogrib story about Yamozha's hunting trip.
*Yamozhah and Nogha:
    A Dogrib legend about Yamozhah and Wolverine.
*Dogrib Indian Myths:
    Dogrib stories for children about a woman who married a dog spirit and a fox who saved the people from famine.

Recommended Books on Dogrib Myth
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Yamozha and His Beaver Wife:
    Bilingual retelling of a Dogrib legend, illustrated by a Dogrib artist.

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