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Tanacross Indian Legends, Myths, and Stories
This is our collection of links to Tanacross stories and folktales that can be read online.
We have indexed our American Indian myths section
by tribe to make them easier to locate; however, variants on the same
story 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 Tanacross, the mythology of
related tribes like the Ahtna and
Tanana tribes are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Tanacross legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please let us know.
Raven is the creator god of the Tanacross and other Alaskan Athabaskan tribes.
He is a revered and benevolent transformer figure who helps the people and shapes their world for them,
but at the same time, he is also a trickster character and many Tanacross stories about Raven have to do with
his frivolous or poorly thought out behavior getting him into trouble.
The Traveler (Yaamaagh Telcheegh, Yaabaa Teeshaay, or Yamaagh Telch'eeg):
Also known as the Transformer or Wanderer, the Traveler is a heroic monster-slayer in Tanacross 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.
Yaabaa Teeshaay: First Man Stories from Healy Lake:
An online collection of Tanacross legends from an Alaska Native heritage organization.
Crow Is My Boss: The Oral Life History of a Tanacross Athabaskan Elder:
Compelling book of traditional and autobiographical stories told by a Tanacross Indian elder.
Our Voices: Native Stories of Alaska and the Yukon:
Collection of legends and oral history from the Tanacross and other Athabaskan tribes.
Books of Native American Indian folktales
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