Native Languages of the Americas: Tanana Indian Legends, Myths, and Stories
This is our collection of links to Tanana 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 Tanana, the traditional stories of
related tribes like the Gwich'in and
Ingalik tribes are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Tanana 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 Tanana 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 Tanana stories about Raven have to do with
his frivolous or poorly thought out behavior getting him into trouble.
The Traveler (variously known as Yobaghu-Talyonunh, Yamontashe, or Tsa-o-sha in Tanana):
Also known as the Traveling Man or Transformer, the Traveler is a heroic monster-slayer in Tanana 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.