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Native Languages of the Americas:
Eyak Legends, Myths, and Stories

This is our collection of links to Eyak stories and folktales 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 Eyak, the traditional stories of related tribes like the Ahtna and Tlingit are very similar.

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

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Eyak Mythological Figures

Raven: Raven (or Crow) is the creator god of the Eyak 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 Eyak stories about Raven have to do with his frivolous or poorly thought out behavior getting him into trouble.

Eyak Indian Legends

Around-the-Lake-People:
    Eyak legends about Little People.
Taken Away By Owl:
    Eyak folktale about the fate of naughty children.
Raven Steals the Sun:
    Eyak version of a classic Northwest Coast story about the origin of daylight.
The Man and the Land-Otters:
    Eyak story about the land-otter spirits.

Recommended Books on Eyak Mythology

Our Voices: Native Stories of Alaska and the Yukon:
    Anthology of legends and oral history from the Eyak and other Alaskan tribes.
Eyak Legends of the Copper River Delta:
    Stories and photographs chronicling the traditional life of the Eyak people.

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Additional Resources

 Books of American Indian legend
 Indian religion
 Alaska Native Americans
 Northwest Coast cultures
 Athabaskan tribes
 Eyak culture
 Native Indian culture



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