Native Languages of the Americas: Tanacross Indian Legends
This is our collection of links to Tanacross folktales and traditional stories 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 contact us and 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.