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Legendary Native American Figures: Tumaiyowit
Tribal affiliation: Cahuilla, Cupeno
Alternate spellings: Temayawet, Tamaioit, Temmayawit , Tem-ma-ya-wit, Mo-cot-tem-ma-ya-wit,
Temayewet, Tamayowit, Tumaiyovit
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.
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.
Not for Innocent Ears
Southern California tribes
Southwest Native tribes
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