A cycle of tales is devoted to a strange humorous being called Yehl or Yelch, i.e.
Passing down the American continent from the north-west, we find Yehl the chief hero-god and mythical personage among the Tlingits.
Like many other heroes or gods, Yehl had a miraculous birth.
The birth of Yehl was the result.
His great opponent (for the eternal dualism comes in) is Khanukh, who is a wolf, and the ancestor or totem of the wolf-race of men as Yehl is of the raven.
Yehl is the Prometheus Purphoros of the Tlingits, but myths of the fire-stealer would form matter for a separate section.
Yehl also stole water, in his bird-shape, exactly as Odin stole " Suttung's mead " when in the shape of an eagle.'
His sacrament, when paste idols of him were eaten by the communicants, was at the winter solstice, whence it may, perhaps, be inferred that Huitzilopochtli was not only a war-god but a nature-god - in both respects anthropomorphic, and in both bearing traces of the time when he was but a humming-bird, as Yehl was a raven (Muller, op. cit.
Yehl, the Tlingit god-hero, was a raven or a crane when he stole the water (Bancroft iii.
Among the Thlinkeets, Yehl, the raven god, was the fire-stealer.