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Native American Legends: Amalivaca

Name: Amalivaca
Tribal affiliation: Carib
Alternate spellings: Amalivaaca
Pronunciation: ah-mah-lee-vah-cah
Type: Culture hero
Related figures in other tribes: Sigu (Akawaio), Kururumany (Arawak)

Amalivaca is a benevolent transformer-type demigod from the mythology of the Tamanac and other Cariban tribes. Amalivaca shapes the world for the Caribs and teaches them how to live. In some Carib traditions he is known as Sigu or Sigoo and considered to be the son of the high god Tamosi; in others, he has a twin brother named Vochi who helps him in his work.


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Amalivaca Stories

The First People:
    Carib legends about Tamosi Kabo-tano, Amalivaca, and the beginning of civilization.
*Amalivaca and Vochi:
    Guyanese Carib legend about the twin gods creating the Orinoco River.

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends

Rain Forest Literatures: Amazonian Texts and Latin American Culture:
    An interesting compilation of traditional Arawak, Carib, and Guarani stories.
Guyana Legends: Folk Tales of the Indigenous Amerindians:
    Good collection of Cariban and Arawakan mythology from Guyana.

Additional Resources

 A Carib Grammar and Dictionary
 Carib stories
 Carib language
 Carib pronunciation guide
 Suriname Indians
 Caribbean Native
 The Cariban



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