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Native American Legends: Mink (Pacific Northwest)
Tribal affiliation: Saanich, Comox
Type: Indian god, mink spirit, trickster
Related figures in other tribes: Raven (Northwest)
Mink is a Northwest Coast trickster character. In some tribes, Mink overlaps with
Raven, so that some typical Raven adventures
are told with Mink as the protagonist instead. However, compared with Raven, Mink is a more negative character who primarily
embodies traits that are looked down upon by Northwest Coast people (greed, recklessness, arrogance, inappropriate sexual
behavior, poor hygiene, etc.) Stories about Mink are often humorous, but also are cautionary tales about how not to behave.
Mink and Whale:
Puget Sound Salish legend about the adventures of the trickster Mink.
Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
Salish Myths and Legends:
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Anthology of legends and traditional stories from the Salishan tribes.
Coast Salish Lifeways
Straits Salish stories
First Nations languages of British Columbia
Northwest Coast tribes
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