Native Languages of the Americas: Gwich'in Indian Legends
This is our collection of links to Gwich'in folktales and traditional stories that can be read online.
We have indexed our American Indian legends 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
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Raven (Dotson'Sa, in the Gwich'in language):
Raven is the creator god of the Gwich'in and other Alaskan Athabaskan tribes.
He is a revered and benevolent 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.
Also known as the Transformer or Wanderer, Navigator is a heroic monster-slayer in Gwich'in 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.