Native American Indian Animal Spirits: Esa (Issa, Isa, Ysa)

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Esa
Esa (Issa, Isa, Ysa)

Native American Indian Animal Spirits: Esa (Issa, Isa, Ysa)

Name: Esa

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Also spelled: Isa, Issa, Ysa, Esha, Eesha, Isha

Tribal affiliation: Shoshone, Bannock, Northern Paiute

Pronunciation: ees-sah

Also known as: Pia’isa, Piaisan

Type: Creator, culture hero, transformer, wolf god

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 his foolishness.

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