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Legendary Native American Figures: Saya (Tsaya)
Also spelled: Tsaya, Tsaayaa, Tsááyaa
Tribal affiliation: Beaver
Pronunciation: usually tsah-yah
Type: Culture hero, transformer,
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
Tsááyaa 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.
Where Happiness Dwells
Alberta First Nations list
Subarctic Beaver tribe
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