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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 Koyukon and
Ingalik tribes are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Tanaina 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 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.
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.
Athabascans of Interior Alaska: When People Meet Animals:
Legends and traditional stories from the Tanana, Koyukon, and Tanaina tribes.
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