Yu.E. Berezkin, E.N. Duvakin

Thematic classification and distribution of folklore and mythological motifs by area

Analytical catalogue

Ethnicities and habitats

G11. Lumberjack squirrel. 53.55.-.


squirrel plays an important role in cutting down a giant tree (it usually cuts or tries to cut the vine that holds it, see the G10 motif).

Honduras-Panama. Kuna; Eastern Panama (kuna?) [The sun has made a big river, a tree has grown on its bank, branches prevent the Sun from moving; it tells two Squirrels to cut down a tree; a bouncing chip has injured the Big Squirrel's spine, it has become crooked; Malaya knocked down a tree; it blocked the river, formed the sea; fish appeared from the leaves, crocodiles, turtles, iguanas from the chips; to prevent the tree from growing again, the Sun told the Monkey, the Hawk, the Ant ever since gnaw on shoots]: Adrian de Santo Tomas at Casimir de Brizuela 1972:60-61; in Reichel-Dolmatoff 194:22, in Wassen 1933:122-123.

The Northern Andes. Amber.

Llanos. Guayabero; cuiva; sicuani.

Southern Venezuela. Makiritare; sanema.

Guiana. Arekuna; Guyanese cariƱa; Hishkaryana.

Western Amazon. Koreguahe; Siona; Maihuna; Kofan; Napo; Waorani.

NW Amazon. Piapoko; ufaina; macuna; chikuna.