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Dene Tha Legends, Myths, and Stories
This is our collection of links to Dene Tha stories and folktales that can be read online.
(The Dene Tha people have historically been known as the "Slavey" or "Slave" Athabaskans,
but most people today prefer their native name.)
We have indexed our Native American mythology section
by tribe to make them easier to locate; however, variants on the same
legend are often told by American Indians from different tribes, especially if those tribes are kinfolk or neighbors to
each other. In particular, though these legends come from the Dene Tha First Nation,
the traditional stories of related Athabaskan tribes like the Dene Suline
and Beaver tribes are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Dene Tha story for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please let us know.
Also known as the Transformer or Wise One, Beaver Man is a heroic monster-slayer in Dene Tha folklore.
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.
Keeping Warmth in a Bag:
Dene Tha legend about the origin of the seasons.
Recommended Books on Dene Tha Myth
Yamoria the Lawmaker: Stories of the Dene:
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Legends and oral history told by a Dene Tha elder.
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