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Native American Legends: Saya (Tsaya)

Name: Saya
Also spelled: Tsaya, Tsaayaa, Tsááyaa
Tribal affiliation: Beaver
Pronunciation: usually tsah-yah
Type: Culture hero, transformer, creator god

Saya is the benevolent culture hero of the Beaver tribe (sometimes referred to as a "transformer" by folklorists.) Saya is generally portrayed as a heroic monster-slayer and friend to mankind, though there are some Beaver stories about him that are humorous in nature

Saya Stories

*Tsááyaa and Mosquito Man:
    Video of a Dane-zaa storyteller relating a traditional Saya legend.

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When You Sing It Now, Just Like New:
    Book of Dane-zaa (Beaver) folklore and oral traditions.

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Additional Resources

 Beaver mythology
 Beaver language
 Alberta First Nations list
 Subarctic tribe
 Athabascan languages

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