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Native Languages of the Americas:
Kuskokwim Indian Legends

This is our collection of links to Kuskokwim folktales and traditional stories that can be read online. We have indexed our Native American mythology 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 Kuskokwim, the traditional stories of related tribes like the Tanana and Koyukon tribes are very similar.

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Important Kuskokwim Mythological Figures

Raven: Raven is the culture hero of the Kuskokwim and other Alaskan Athabaskan tribes. He is a revered and benevolent transformer spirit who helps the people and shapes their world for them, but at the same time, he is also a trickster character and many Kuskokwim stories about Raven have to do with his frivolous or poorly thought out behavior getting him into trouble.

Kuskokwim Indian Folklore

*Raven Lost His Eyes:
    Nikolai Athabaskan (Kuskokwim) legend about Raven's foolishness.

Recommended Books on Kuskokwim Myth

The Girl Who Swam With The Fish:
    A modern retelling of a Kuskokwim Athabaskan legend about a girl who turns into a salmon.
Our Voices: Native Stories of Alaska and the Yukon:
    Collection of legends and oral history from the Kuskokwim and other Athabaskan tribes.

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Additional Resources

 Books of American Indian folktales
 Native spirituality
 Alaska nations
 Subarctic tribes
 Athabaskan Indians
 Indian people



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