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

This is our collection of links to Tutchone folktales and traditional stories that can be read online. We have indexed our Indian folklore 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 Tutchone, the traditional stories of related tribes like the Tanana and Gwich'in tribes are very similar.

Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Tutchone legend for this page or think one of the ones on here should be removed, please let us know.

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Important Tutchone Mythological Figures

Raven: Raven is the creator god of Tutchone legends. He is a benevolent figure who helps the people, but at the same time, he is also a trickster character and many Tutchone stories about Raven have to do with his frivolous or poorly thought out behavior getting him into trouble.

The Traveler (Etsuya or Ets'uya' in the Tutchone language): Also known as the Wanderer or Transformer, the Traveler is a heroic monster-slayer in Tutchone 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.

Tutchone Indian Folklore

*How The Crow Got His Color:
    Tutchone legend about why crows are black.
*A Story about a Killer Owl:
    Northern Tutchone legend about a man-eating owl.
*The Bushman Legend:
    Norhtern Tutchone legend about a girl abducted by Stick Indians.

Recommended Books on Tutchone Myth

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

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Additional Resources

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