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Kaska and Tahltan Legends, Myths, and Stories

This is our collection of links to Kaska folktales and traditional stories that can be read online. We have indexed our Native American myths 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 Kaskas, mythology from other Athabaskan tribes like the Slavey and Chipewyan tribe are very similar.

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Kaska Mythological Figures

Beaver: Also known as the Transformer, Beaver is a heroic monster-slaying character in Kaska folklore. Frequently he uses his cleverness rather than his strength to defeat his enemies, at which point he often transforms them into something harmless.

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

A'tix (also spelled A.tix or Atix): A huge man-eating monster. Some people believe it was based on fossils or ancient tribal traditions of woolly mammoths.

Kaska Indian Folklore

*Determination of the Seasons:
    Tahltan legend about the length of winter.
*The Story of Bladder-Head Boy:
    Kaska story about a magic boy who slew an A'tix.
*Raven Creation Story:
    Tahltan myth about Raven stealing light for the world.

Recommended Books on Kaska Myth
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Our Voices: Native Stories of Alaska and the Yukon:
    Collection of legends and oral history from the Kaska, Tagish and other Athabaskan tribes.

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Additional Resources

 Kaska religion and expressive traditions
 American Indian legend books
 Indigenous religious traditions
 Kaska Dena
 British Columbia Natives
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