Published on November 13, 2012 by Casey
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Also spelled: Isa, Issa, Ysa, Esha, Eesha, Isha
Tribal affiliation: Shoshone, Bannock, Northern Paiute
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.