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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 let us know.
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 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.
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:
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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.
Yupik religion and expressive traditions
North American Indian beliefs
Arctic Native American tribes
Eskimo Aleut languages
American Indian tribes in the United States
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