Native Languages of the Americas: Inuit Legends, Myths, and Stories
This is our collection of links to Inuit folktales and traditional stories that can be read online.
We have indexed our Indigenous American legends section
by tribe to make them easier to locate; however, variants on the same
legend are often told by Native Americans from different tribes, especially if those tribes are kinfolk or neighbors to
each other. In particular, though these legends come from the Inuits, the traditional stories of
related tribes like the Aleut and
Yup'ik tribes are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Inuit legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please let us know.
Click on each character's name for more detailed information about his or her role in Inuit/Eskimo mythology.
Sedna (also known as Sanna, Nerrivik, Nuliajuq, and many other regional names):
The Inuit goddess of the sea. In most Inuit myths, Sedna was once a mortal woman who was became ruler of the underworld when her
father sacrificed her by throwing her overboard to drown. The first sea mammals were said to be created from Sedna's severed fingers.