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Legendary Native American Figures: Monkey People (Cet'aenn, Tcetin)

Name: Monkey People
Tribal affiliation: Ahtna, Tanana
Native names: Cet'aeni, Cet'aenn, Tcetin
Pronunciation: ket-ann-ee or che-tin
Also known as: Tailed Old Men
Type: Little people, monkeys, antagonists

The Tcetin, or Monkey People, are legendary humanoid creatures with tails who lived in trees and caves. They were said to be enemies of humans. Their English name is a bit of a misnomer-- "Cet'aeni" and "Tcetin" are Athabaskan words for monkeys, but only in the modern era (no monkeys have ever lived in Alaska.) The names literally translate simply as "Tailed Ones."

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends

In the Shadows of Mountains:
    Collection of legends from the Copper River Ahtna tribe.
Our Voices: Native Stories of Alaska and the Yukon:
    Collection of legends and oral history from the Athabaskan tribes.

Additional Resources

 What We Leave Behind
 Ahtna language
 Alaska Native Americans
 Subarctic Native American culture
 Athabascan Indians



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