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Native American Legends: Axxea (Ahke)
Tribal affiliation: Cheyenne
Alternate spellings: Ahke, Axxe, Ax'xea, Ax-xea
Type: Lake monster, serpent
Related figures in other tribes: Weewillmekq (Wabanaki), Mishiginebig (Anishinabe)
Axxea is an underwater monster that lurks in lakes and springs and eats humans. Some Cheyenne people consider
Axxea to be the same creature as the horned serpent Mehne
(either two different names for the same monster, or Axxea being the personal name of a particular Mehne individual.)
Other Cheyenne storytellers portray them as two different monsters. Descriptions of Axxea vary widely: some legends
represent the monster as a horned serpent, others as a four-legged monster like a water bull or
underwater panther, and still others as a
giant worm or caterpillar.
Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
Tales of the Cheyennes:
Collection of Cheyenne legends and folktales.
Excellent anthology of stories, songs, and oral history from the Cheyenne and other Algonquian tribes.
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