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Legendary Native American Figures: Fox-Woman

Name: Fox-Woman
Tribal affiliation: Cree, Ojibwe
Also known as: Waagoshii-Mindimooye (Ojibwe, pronounced wah-go-shee-min-dih-moo-yay), Wakoshi-Mitimoye (Oji-Cree, pronounced wah-ko-shee-mih-tih-moh-yeh), Foxwoman, Fox Old Lady, Grandmother Fox, Old Lady Fox
Type: Wise woman, heroine, fox

Fox-Woman is a minor animal spirit of the Anishinabe and Cree tribes. She is usually portrayed as a wise elder. Fox-Woman plays an important role in the saga of Ayas, a young hero who she adopts as her grandson and helps to guide through many travails.

Ayas Stories

Iyash and Old Lady Fox:
    Severn Ojibwe legend about a hero passing a strange test to earn the advice of Wakoshi-Mitimoye (Foxwoman.)
    They have some more adventures together which you can read if you click "next," though it may seem a little disgusting to modern Americans.
*The Legend of Ayas:
    Audio file of a James Bay Cree storyteller narrating the story of Ayas and Grandmother Fox.
*Son of Aioswé:
    In this Cree version of the epic, Fox Woman appeared when the hero's mother wished for someone to help him.

Recommended Books of Ayas Stories

Cree Legends and Narratives from the West Coast of James Bay:
    Comprehensive book of Swampy Cree and Moose Cree stories, including the complete epic of Ayas and Fox Woman.
Algonquian Spirit:
    Excellent anthology of stories, songs, and oral history from the Anishinabe, Cree, and related tribes.

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Additional Resources

 I Dream of Yesterday and Tomorrow
 Cree mythology
 Ojibwe mythology
 Cree language
 Ojibway language
 Canadian First Nations languages
 Eastern Woodland Native American tribes
 Algonquian language group



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