American Indian languages
American Indian culture
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.)
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.
Wisdom Sits In Places
Jicarilla Apache legends
Southwest Indian cultures
Na-Dene language family
Native Languages of the Americas website © 1998-2016 Contacts and FAQ page
Back to Native American myths and folktales
Go on to American Indian names
Back to American Indian birds
Moccasins for sale
Native Indian tattoo
Would you like to help support our organization's work with endangered American Indian languages?