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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.

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Important Dene Tha Mythological Figures

Beaver Man: 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.

Dene Tha Indian Folklore

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

Recommended Books on Dene Tha Myth
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Yamoria the Lawmaker: Stories of the Dene:
    Legends and oral history told by a Dene Tha elder.

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Additional Resources

 Slavey religion and expressive traditions
 North American Indian religion
 Dene Tha people
 Dene Tha language
 Yukon First Nations
 Subarctic
 Athapaskan languages
 North American tribe names



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