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Legendary Native American Figures: Yamozha (Yamoria)
Also spelled: Yamoza, Yamoria, Yamozhah, Yabatheya, Yamohdeyi, Yamba Deja, Zhambadezha, Yampa Deja, Yabatheya, Old Man, Wanderer
Tribal affiliation: Chipewyan, Dogrib, South Slavey
Pronunciation: varies by language: in Tlicho/Dogrib it is yah-moh-zhah, in Dene/Chipewyan it is yah-moh-ree-ah, in Slavey yahm-bah-day-zhah.
Type: Culture hero, transformer,
Related figures in other tribes: Seu'ku (Alsea), Cikla (Chinook)
Yamozha is the benevolent culture hero of the Dene tribes (sometimes referred to as a "transformer" by folklorists.)
He is generally portrayed as a heroic monster-slayer and friend to mankind, though there are some stories about him
that are humorous in nature. Frequently he uses his cleverness rather than his strength to defeat his enemies, at which
point he either kills them or transforms them into something harmless. His name literally means "traveler" or
Yamozhah and Nogha:
A Dogrib legend about Yamozhah and Wolverine.
Yamozha Kills The Giant Beavers:
Dogrib story about Yamozha's hunting trip.
Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
Yamozha and His Beaver Wife:
Bilingual retelling of a Dogrib legend, illustrated by a Dogrib artist.
Yamoria the Lawmaker: Stories of the Dene:
Legends and oral history told by a Dene Tha (Slavey) elder.
Collection of Chipewyan legends and folktales.
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