The tribes refer to a number of allied, unnamed groups that exist in the mountains when the first men are created. The tribes are open about their distaste for Auilix, Tohil, and Hacauitz and therefore work to wage war against the first men and their families. However, the tribes fall for every trick orchestrated by the gods or the first men, and they lose spectacularly. After they lose the battle, the first men take them on as vassals, servants, and tributes.
The Tribes Quotes in Popol Vuh
The Popol Vuh quotes below are all either spoken by The Tribes or refer to The Tribes. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Simon & Schuster edition of Popol Vuh published in 1996.).
Part Four Quotes
"It's just a coyote crying out," and "Just a fox."
"Just a puma. Just a jaguar."
In the minds of all the tribes, it was as if humans weren't involved. They did it just as a way of decoying the tribes; that was what their hearts desired.
The Tribes Character Timeline in Popol Vuh
The timeline below shows where the character The Tribes appears in Popol Vuh. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...crowded. The people look to the sky, though dawn hasn't arrived yet. There are also tribes in the mountains, and those tribes are considered crazy. The first humans, however, praise Sovereign... (full context)