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Legendary Native American Figures: Utakke
Tribal affiliation: Carrier
Alternate spellings: Utakké, Yutakki, Yuttore, Yuttoere, Yutarre, Yagastaa
Pronunciation: varies by dialect. Our Carrier volunteer says yoo-tock-key.
Type: Creator god, high god, sky spirit
Related figures in other tribes: Nesaru (Arikara),
Gitchi Manitou (Chippewa)
Utakke is the great sky god of the Carrier tribes.
He is a benevolent creator spirit who sometimes intervenes to help people in distress.
His name means "He who lives on high."
The Magic Feather and the Four Culture Heroes:
Carrier legends about a sister and three brothers who are given blessings by Utakke.
Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
Musdzi Udada the Owl:
Bilingual picture book relating a Carrier Indian legend.
British Columbia First Nations
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