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Native American Legends: 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.
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
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Collection of legends and oral history from the Northwestern Athabaskan tribes.
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