Native American Indian Animal Spirits: Silver-Fox

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Silver Fox

Native American Indian Animal Spirits: Silver-Fox

Name: Silver Fox

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Alternate spellings: Silverfox, Silver-Fox, Silver Gray Fox

Tribal affiliation: Achumawi, Atsugewi, Miwok

Native names: Kwahn, Kwan

Type: American Indian creator god, culture hero, fox spirit

Related figures in other tribes: Esa (Shoshone-Bannock)

Silver Fox is the culture hero and creator god of many Northern California tribes. In some tribal traditions, such as the Miwok, Silver Fox is female; in others, like the Achumawi, he is male. Together with Jamul (Coyote), Silver Fox creates the world and teaches the people how to live. Although both are creators, Silver Fox is the more serious and wise of the two, while Coyote is more of a trickster and prone to make frivolous decisions based on whims, hunger, or interest in women.

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