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Legendary Native American Figures: Cigwe (Chequa)
Tribal affiliation: Potawatomi
Alternate spellings: Cigwe', Jigwe, Chigwa, Chequah, Chequa. Plural forms include Cigwe'k, Jigwek, etc.
Pronunciation: cheeg-weah (rhymes with "yeah.")
Also known as: Bineshii
giant bird, storm spirit
Related figures in other tribes: Animiki (Ojibway), Thunderers (Cherokee), 7 Thunders (Wabanaki)
Cigwe (more commonly spelled Chequa or Chequah) is the Potawatomi Thunderbird, a giant mythological bird common to the northern and western
tribes. Thunder is caused by the beating of Chequa's immense wings. According to Potawatomi legend,
the gaze of the Chequa is fatal.
Although thunderbirds are very powerful beings, Chequa rarely bothers humans,
and was treated with reverence by Potawatomi people.
Potawatomi legend about a battle between a Cigwe and a horned serpent.
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