Native American Mythology

The Gods and Spirits of North America...


Nootka Transformation God

Also known as Kivati, Kwatyat, Xelas

Picture of the Native American Transformation God Kwatee from our Native American mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

Cheerfully optimistic God of Transformation and Improvement

He did his best to change the ancient world for the better, despite a lot of opposition from his contemporaries. Whenever he saw something bad, he did something about it. Dirt was obviously a bad thing, so he transformed it into humans. He also tamed the giant animal people into the cuddly pets we have today.

He’s best known for defeating the monster in Lake Quinault, which (according to some sources) had swallowed his mother. He threw hot burning rocks into the water and boiled the monster to death.

Meanwhile his brother Tihtipihin had been swallowed by the beast in a daring rescue operation. He cut through the monster’s stomach, saved his mother, and then unexpectedly transformed into the father of all hermit crabs.

Reviewing his life’s work, an old and tired Kwatee decided to call it a day, turned himself into stone and is now sitting around at Point Grenville, Washington, USA.

Kwatee Facts and Figures

Name: Kwatee
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Kivati, Kwatyat, Xelas

Gender: Male
Type: God
Area or people: Northwest, Nootka, Puget, Quinalt
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Transformation
Area of expertise: Transformation

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 8275

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Article last revised on May 24, 2019 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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