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Native American Legends: Big Owl Man

Name: Big Owl
Tribal affiliation: Apache
Also known as: Giant, Owl-Man, Old Man Big Owl, Big Owl Witch, Owl Man Giant, Owl-Man Monster, Big-Owl, Big Owl Man, Big Owl Monster
Type: Giant, antagonist, owl

Big Owl is a malicious and dangerous giant often used as a "bogeyman" in children's stories. In some Apache tribes, Big Owl also plays a more important mythological role as an early adversary of the War Twins. Like other legendary Apache beings, Big Owl is sometimes described as having human form (in this case a man-eating ogre) and other times animal form (in this case a horned owl large enough to carry off a child.)

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Big Owl Stories

*Coyote Proves Himself A Cannibal:
    The Apache trickster Coyote gets the better of Big Owl.

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends

Apache Legends & Lore of Southern New Mexico:
    Collection of Apache legends and traditional stories, including some about Big Owl.
And It Is Still That Way:
    Charming anthology of legends told by Apache and other Arizona Indian children.

Additional Resources

 Wisdom Sits In Places
 Jicarilla Apache legends
 Apache language
 Apache words
 Arizona tribes
 Southwest Indian cultures
 Na-Dene language family

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