Childe, The Thlinkeets of South-Eastern Alaska (Chicago, 1896).
The Thlinkeets hold that their shamans have the same powers.'
If we are to regard the Egyptian myths about the gods in animal shape, and about the non-natural superhuman heroes, and their wars and loves, as esoteric allegories devised by civilized priests, perhaps we should also explain Pund-jel, Qat, Quawteaht, the Mantis god, the Spider creator, the Coyote and Raven gods as priestly inventions, put forth in a civilized age, and retained by Australians, Bushmen, Hottentots, Ahts, Thlinkeets, Papuans, who preserve no other vestiges of high civilization.
Among the Thlinkeets, Yehl, the raven god, was the fire-stealer.
Among the Aryans of India, Soma is stolen by birds, as water is among the Thlinkeets, and mead in the Edda.
We have shown that Thlinkeets, Ahts, Andaman Islanders, Australians, Maoris, South Sea Islanders, Cahrocs and others all believe fire was originally stolen.