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Native Languages of the Americas:
Han Indian Legends, Myths, and Stories

This is our collection of links to Han folktales and traditional stories that can be read online. We have indexed our Native stories 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 Han Athabaskans, the traditional stories of related tribes like the Gwich'in and Koyukon tribes are very similar.

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

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Important Han Mythological Figures

Raven: Raven is the culture hero of Han mythology. He is a revered and benevolent creator who helps the people and shapes their world for them, but at the same time, he is also a trickster spirit and many Han stories about Raven have to do with his frivolous or poorly thought out behavior getting him into trouble.

Old Man: Also known as the Traveler or Transformer, Old Man is a heroic monster-slayer character of Han 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. He is associated with the beaver, and is even given the name Smart Beaver or Wise Beaver by some Han story-tellers.

Han Indian Myths

*Raven and Goose-Wife:
    Han story about the break-up of Raven's marriage.

Recommended Books of Han Myths

Our Voices: Native Stories of Alaska and the Yukon:
    Collection of legends and oral history from the Han and other Athabaskan tribes.

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Additional Resources

 Books of American Indian myth
 Indian religion
 Alaska Native American Indians
 Subarctic tribes
 Athabascan tribes
 Native Indian tribes



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