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Native Languages of the Americas:
Slavey Indian Legends, Myths, and Stories

This is our collection of links to Slavey stories and folktales that can be read online. 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 Slaveys, the traditional stories of related tribes like the Chipewyan and Beaver tribes are very similar.

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Important Slavey Mythological Figures

Beaver Man: Also known as the Transformer or Wise One, Beaver Man is a heroic monster-slayer in Slavey 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.

Slavey Indian Folklore

*Keeping Warmth in a Bag:
    Slavey legend about the origin of the seasons.

Recommended Books on Slavey Myth

Yamoria the Lawmaker: Stories of the Dene:
    Legends and oral history told by a Dene Tha (Slavey) elder.

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Additional Resources

 Slavey religion and expressive traditions
 Books of Native American myths
 Native American religions
 Yukon First Nations
 Subarctic cultures
 Athapascan languages
 Slave Indian history
 Native American Indian history



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