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Legendary Native American Figures: Saya (Tsaya)

Name: Saya
Also spelled: Tsaya, Tsaayaa, Tsyaa
Tribal affiliation: Beaver
Pronunciation: usually tsah-yah
Type: Culture hero, transformer, creator god

Saya is the benevolent culture hero of the Beaver tribe (sometimes referred to as a "transformer" by folklorists.) Saya is generally portrayed as a heroic monster-slayer and friend to mankind, though there are some Beaver stories about him that are humorous in nature

Saya Stories

*Tsyaa and Mosquito Man:
    Video of a Dane-zaa storyteller relating a traditional Saya legend.

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends

When You Sing It Now, Just Like New:
    Book of Dane-zaa (Beaver) folklore and oral traditions.

Additional Resources

 Beaver mythology
 Dane-zaa language
 Alberta First Nations list
 Subarctic Beaver tribe
 Athabaskan languages



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