K is for Kiviuq, Shaman Hero in Inuit Mythology – A to Z Challenge

My theme for the “A to Z Challenge” is World Mythology.A2Z-BADGE 2016-smaller_zpslstazvib

My A to Z posts will run concurrently with my usual posts. I hope they spark your curiosity. I find it fascinating how so many stories crossed the boundaries of countries and even oceans.


K is for Kiviuq, the Great Shaman hero

Kiviuq is, “…a legendary hero of the epic stories of Inuit of the Arctic regions of northern Canada, Alaska and Greenland,” (Wikipedia). He is an eternal wanderer who travels by dog sled and kayak. Sometimes he even travels on large fish.

Supernatural powers allow him to negotiate a mythical world filled with spirits, giants cannibals, bears and sea monsters.

“Stories about Kiviuq’s many adventures are told across the Arctic. Kiviuq has lived a long time and has had many lives. Versions of his adventures vary with the location and the storyteller. In Greenland he is known as “Qooqa” and in Alaska he is called “Qayaq”. ” (Wikipedia)

There are many tales of how Kiviuq crossed the land. The Kiviuq’s Journey site details several.

The following You Tube clip is about a puppet performance of his legend and gives some visual details to how magical his stories are.

Why Kiviuq?

I love to imagine families gathering around fires on the long winter nights of the arctic sharing  stories. Outside the weather is bitterly cold and survival isn’t easy. Loved ones and stories bring warmth as surely as the flames of the fire. The oral tradition of story telling is a part of being human.



Kiviuq’s Journey

Google Commons Drawing


anubisA is for Anubis, the ancient Egyptian god of death who weighs your heart

B is for Brigid, the Celtic Goddess of Fire who terrifies me

C is for Cronus, Leader of the Titans, Father of the Greek Godsisis

D is for Dragons, Chinese Dragons

E is for Ekeko, God of Good Luck and Abundance

F is for Freya, Norse Goddess of Love

G is the Gitche Manitou, The Great Spirit

H is for Hell – Is it Around the Corner?800px-Luca_Signorelli_001

I is for Isis – An Ancient Egyptian Goddess with Magic

J is for Jupiter, Roman God of Thunder

K is for Kiviuq


Author: Jo-Ann Carson

About Jo-Ann Carson Where magic happens … Reports of Jo-Ann Carson’s death on a Gulf Island are greatly exaggerated or, at the very least, premature. The eclectic crew of ghosts that haunt her head spill onto the page in two series: The Gambling Ghosts and The Ghost & Abby Mysteries. A Viking with existential issues, a broken hearted Highlander, a Casanova man-witch and a Pirate with a secret are just a few of the males her strong heroines encounter in tales of fantasy, adventure and romance. A firm believer in the magic of our everyday lives, Jo-Ann loves watching sunrises, walking beaches near her home in the Pacific Northwest and reading by the fire. You can visit her on social media: Website * Blog * Twitter * Facebook

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