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Native American Tricksters of Myth and Legend

Native American Tricksters from Various Tribes

Ableegumooch (Mi'kmaq Trickster Animal)
Azeban (Abenaki Trickster Animal)
Bluejay (Chinook Trickster Hero)
Chahnameed (Mohegan Trickster Hero)
Chirich (Arikara Trickster Coyote)
Coyote (many tribes)
Crazy Jack (Lenape Trickster Figure)
Glooscap (Wabanaki Trickster Hero)
Hwun (Chehalis Trickster Hero)
Iktomi (Sioux Spider Trickster)
*Isily (Caddo Trickster Coyote)
Iwarika (Akawaio Trickster Animal)
Jamul (Achumawi Trickster Coyote)
Keeoony (Mi'kmaq Trickster Animal)
Kuekuatsheu (Innu Trickster Animal)
*Little Hare (Ho-Chunk Trickster Coyote)
Michabou (Algonquin Trickster Hero)
*Mink (Northwest Trickster Animal)
Napi (Blackfoot Trickster God)
Nihancan (Arapaho Trickster Figure)
Nihant (Gros Ventre Trickster)
Old Man Coyote (Crow Trickster)
Raven (Northwest Coast tribes)
Shioku (Alsea Trickster God)
Sitconski (Assiniboine Trickster)
Skeleton Man (Hopi Trickster God)
Stuwi (Arikara Trickster Character)
Trickster Rabbit (Southeastern tribes)
Tshakapesh (Innu Trickster Hero)
Waynaboozhoo (Ojibway Trickster Hero)
Whiskey-Jack (Cree Trickster Hero)
Wihio (Cheyenne Trickster Hero)
Wisaka (Sauk-Fox-Kickapoo Trickster)
*Yelis (Coos Trickster)

Native American Trickster Stories

*Azban the Raccoon:
    An Abenaki Indian trickster animal loses a shouting match with a waterfall.
*Raccoon Learns A Lesson: * The Deceived Blind Men * Trickster and the Blind Men:
    Algonquian folktales in which trickster figures play pranks on blind men.
The Lazy Rabbit * Rabbit Goes Duck Hunting * How Rabbit Got His Split Lip * Rabbit and Otter:
    Native American trickster stories from various tribes about animal tricksters unsuccessfully trying to mimic the
    food collection methods of other species.
*Manabozho and the Theft of Fire:
    Native American trickster myths about fire being stolen from beings that refused to share it with the people.
Rabbit Calls a Truce * Run, Rabbit, Run * Rabbit and Otter:
    Stories in which the trickster characters evade pursuers by changing shape and fooling them.
*Wenebojo and the Dancing Geese * Manabozho and the Hell-Diver * The Shut-Eye Dance:
    Stories about Native American tricksters convincing gullible prey animals to shut their eyes.
Trickster and the Birds:
    Native American stories about trickster heroes being carried off by an unwisely lassoed flock of birds.
How The Deer Got His Horns:
    Cherokee legend about a tricky Rabbit outsmarting himself.
How the Bear Lost His Tail:
    Ojibwe legend about Otter tricking Bear into losing his tail.
*Wiza'ka'a and the Buzzard * The Trickster's Great Fall and his Revenge * How Wisakatchakwa Got Into Some Trouble:
    Algonquian trickster legends about the irrepressible hero Wisaka falling from the sky.
*Raven's Athabaskan Tales:
    Online collection of seven Alaskan Athabaskan legends about the trickster Raven.
*The Adventures of Raccoon:
    A series of Potawatomi trickster tales about Raccoon.
*Chahnameed Squeezes the Stone * Chahnameed the Glutton Wins the Eating Match:
    Two Mohegan trickster stories about Big Eater playing tricks on people.
When Tcikabis Trapped The Sun * Snaring the Sun:
    Northeastern and Southeastern Woodland stories in which the trickster traps the sun in a snare.
*Trickster Kills The Children:
    Plains Indian legends about antisocial trickster figures killing careless or poorly protected children.
*The Monster Who Came Up The River:
    Native American legends about trickster characters using their wits to slay monsters.
*Bitter Spirit and the Stone:
    Swampy Cree trickster myth about a rock punishing Wesukechak for taunting it.
*The Theft from Sun * The Fire-Leggings * Sun Teaches Veeho A Lesson:
    Blackfoot and Cheyenne trickster tales about an unwise attempt to steal the Sun's pants.
*Coyote The Hungry:
    Caddo folktales about the trickster Coyote and his humorous attempts to catch turkeys.
*Fox and Monkey:
    Aymara story about two trickster animals.
*Rabbit and Big Man-Eater * The Adventures of Rabbit and Big Man Eater * Rabbit and Big Man-Eater * Rabbit Kills Big Man-Eater:
    Alabama stories about Rabbit using trickery to defeat a man-eating monster.
*Coyote Gets Rich off the White Men * Coyote Shows How He Can Lie * Coyote and Wasichu:
    Humorous Plains Indian legends about the trickster Coyote tricking foolish people out of their possessions.

Recommended Books about Tricksters in Native American Mythology

American Indian Trickster Tales:
    Compilation of more than a hundred Native American trickster stories from all corners of the United States.
    Use discretion sharing these with kids as some of the stories contain adult humor.
Trickster: Native American Tales:
    Collection of mythical animal trickster stories told by Native American storytellers from various tribes.
    This collection is suitable for all ages.
Trickster and the Fainting Birds:
    Wonderful retelling of seven Cree and Ojibway Indian trickster tales.
The Raven Steals the Light:
    An excellent collection of Raven trickster myths by an acclaimed Haida artist.
Coyote In Love With A Star:
    A charming modern retelling of a Prairie Indian folktale, told by a Potawatomi author.
How Raven Stole The Sun:
    Terrific picture book telling a classic trickster tale about Raven and the origin of daylight.
Rabbit Goes Duck Hunting * How Rabbit Lost His Tail * Rabbit and the Wolves * Rabbit and the Well:
    A series of Cherokee Indian legends about the trickster Rabbit getting into and out of trouble.
Raccoon's Last Race:
    Picture book featuring an Abenaki Indian legend in which Azban the Trickster learns a lesson.
*Coyote: A Trickster Tale from the American Southwest * Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest * Jabuti the Tortoise: A Trickster Tale from the Amazon:
    Children's books illustrating Native American trickster tales of North and South America.
The Trickster: A Study in American Indian Mythology:
    Anthropology book about trickster figures in Native American mythology.

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