Native Languages of the Americas: Kaska and Tahltan Indian Legends
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, the mythology of
related tribes like the Chipewyan and
Slavey tribes 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 contact us and 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 the Tahltan tribe.
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 Raven stories 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