Native Languages of the Americas: Tlingit Legends and Traditional Stories
This is our collection of links to Tlingit folktales and traditional stories 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
legend 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 Tlingit tribe, the traditional stories of
related tribes like the
Haida and Tsimshian are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Tlingit 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 culture hero of the Tlingit and other Alaskan Indian 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 Tlingit stories about Raven have to do with
his frivolous or poorly thought out behavior getting him into trouble.
A spirit woman with curly hair who brings prosperity to anybody who catches sight of her.