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Native American Legends: Esa (Issa, Ysa, Pia'isa)
Also spelled: Isa, Issa, Ysa, Esha, Eesha, Isha
Tribal affiliation: Shoshone,
Also known as: Pia'isa, Piaisan
Related figures in other tribes: Silver Fox (Northern California)
Esa, the Wolf, is the creator god and culture hero of the Shoshone, Bannock, and Northern Paiute tribes.
Like other figures from the mythic age,
Esa is usually represented as a man in Native American stories, but sometimes takes on the literal form of a wolf.
Esa is sometimes helped in his work by his irresponsible brother,
Coyote, who he often must rescue from
Wolf Tricks the Trickster:
Shoshoni legend about Esa, Coyote, and the origin of death.
Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
Coyote Was Going There: Indian Literature of the Oregon Country:
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Excellent anthology of folklore from the Paiute and other Oregon tribes, including several Esa myths.
Pachee Goyo: History and Legends from the Shoshone:
Collection of Shoshone legends and oral history.
Indian Legends from the Northern Rockies:
Anthology of folklore from the Shoshoni, Bannock, and Northern Paiute tribes.
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