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Legendary Native American Figures: Raven (Pacific Northwest)

Name: Raven (Pacific Northwest)
Tribal affiliation: Ahtna
Alternate spellings: Saghani Ggaay (Ahtna), Dotson'sa (Koyukon)
Pronunciation: sah-gah-nee guy
Type: American Indian god, raven spirit, trickster, transformer
Related figures in other tribes: Raven (Arctic)

Raven is the culture hero of the Northwest Coast and Alaskan Athabaskan tribes. He is a revered and benevolent transformer god who helps the people and shapes their world for them, but at the same time, he is also a trickster character and many Raven stories have to do with his frivolous or poorly thought out behavior getting him into trouble.

Pacific Northwest Raven Stories

Raven Tales:
    A collection of traditional Northwest Coast Raven legends presented by the Quileute tribe.
*Raven's Athabaskan Tales:
    Online collection of seven Alaskan Athabaskan legends about the trickster hero Raven.
Raven Annoys Octopus:
    Northwest Coast Raven legend about the trickster learning a lesson about pestering others.

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends

Our Voices: Native Stories of Alaska and the Yukon:
    Collection of legends and oral history from the Northwestern Athabaskan tribes.

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Additional Resources

 All That We Say Is Ours
 Haida legends
 Ahtna language
 Alaska Indian tribes
 British Columbia First Nations
 Northwest Coast cultures

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