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

This is our collection of links to Yupik stories and folktales that can be read online. We have indexed our Native American stories 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 Yupiks, the traditional stories of related tribes like the Aleut and Inuit are very similar.

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

Important Yu'pik Mythological Figures

Raven (Tulukaruq): Raven is a culture hero of the Yu'pik and other Native Alaskan tribes. He is a benevolent transformer character who helps the people and shapes their world for them, but at the same time, he is also a trickster spirit and many Yupik stories about Raven have to do with his frivolous or poorly thought out behavior getting him into trouble.

Yupik Indian Folklore

*Cup'ik Stories:
    Yupik folktales and traditional stories from an Alaska Native cultural organization.
*Siberian Eskimo Folktales:
    Collection of Siberian Yup'ik myths and legends.
*Little People or Alirpak * Little People of the Tundra:
    Legends about the Yupik Little People.
*Raven Seeks A Wife * Raven and Goose-Wife:
    Yupik stories about Raven's attempts at courtship.
*Ellagpiim Yua * Raven's Daughter * How The Owl Got Its Grey Spots:
    Raven stories related by a contemporary Yupik woman.
*Earthshake Woman:
    Yu'pik myth about the origin of earthquakes.
*How The Crane Got Its Blue Eyes:
    Yu'pik folktale about a crane who lost his eyes.

Recommended Books on Yupik Mythology

Tales and Legends of the Yupik Eskimos of Siberia:
    Collection of Yupik legends and traditional stories.
The Hungry Giant of the Tundra:
    Children's book based on Yup'ik Eskimo folktales about children who outwit cannibal giants.
Wise Words of the Yup'ik People: We Talk to You because We Love You:
    Interesting book on Yup'ik adages and oral traditions.

Additional Resources

 Yupik religion and expressive traditions
 Books of Native American myths
 Indian religion
 Alutiiq words
 Alaska Native Villages
 Arctic Native Americans
 Eskimo-Aleut languages
 Yup'ik culture
 History of Native Americans



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