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

This is our collection of links to Tanaina stories and folktales that can be read online. We have indexed our Native American tales 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 Tanaina, the traditional stories of related tribes like the Ahtna and Ingalik tribes are very similar.

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Important Tanaina Mythological Figures

Raven: Raven is the creator god of the Tanaina and other Alaskan Athabaskan tribes. He is a revered and benevolent figure who helps the people and shapes their world for them, but at the same time, he is also a trickster character and many Tanaina stories about Raven have to do with his frivolous or poorly thought out behavior getting him into trouble.

Beaver: Also known as the Transformer or Wanderer, Beaver is a heroic monster-slayer in Tanaina 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.

Tanaina Indian Folklore

*Athabascans of Interior Alaska: When People Meet Animals:
    Legends and traditional stories from the Tanana, Koyukon, and Tanaina tribes.

Recommended Books on Tanaina Myth

Our Voices: Native Stories of Alaska and the Yukon:
    Collection of legends and oral history from the Tanaina and other Athabaskan tribes.

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Additional Resources

 Books of Native American Indian mythology
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 Alaska Native Americans
 Subarctic culture area
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