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.
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.
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.