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