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Legendary Native American Figures: Tumaiyowit

Name: Tumaiyowit
Tribal affiliation: Cahuilla, Cupeno
Alternate spellings: Temayawet, Tamaioit, Temmayawit , Tem-ma-ya-wit, Mo-cot-tem-ma-ya-wit, Temayewet, Tamayowit, Tumaiyovit
Pronunciation: tuh-my-uh-wit
Type: Creator god, Ruler of the Dead
Related figures in other tribes: Chipiapoos (Anishinabe), Moqwaio (Menominee)

In Cahuilla mythology, Tumaiyowit is the brother of the creator god Mukat and the ruler of the land of the dead.

Tumaiyowit Stories

*Cahuilla Creation Myth:
    The story of Mo-Cot, Tem-ma-ya-wit, and the creation and education of humans.

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends

The Heart Is Fire: The World of the Cahuilla Indians of Southern California:
    Book of oral history and traditional stories told by five Cahuilla elders.

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