Legendary Native American Figures: Flying Head (Big Heads)
Name: Flying Head Also Known As: Whirlwind, Big Head Tribal affiliation:Iroquois, Wyandot Native names: Kanontsistóntie's; Kunenhrayenhnenh, Kwennenhrayenhnenh, Konearaunehneh, Unenhrayenhnenh,
Ko-nea-rau-neh-neh; Ro-nea-rau-yeh-ne; Dagwanoeient, Dagwanoenyent, Dagwanoenyent gowa, Daqqanoenyent, Dagwûn'noyaênt
Type:Monster, undead creature Related figures in other tribes:Rolling Head (Plains tribes)
Flying Heads are undead monsters from the legends of the Iroquois tribes.
The Flying Head appears as a huge, disembodied head with fiery eyes and long, tangled hair.
They fly through the air, pursuing humans to chase and devour.
The origins of Flying Heads vary greatly from story to story. In some tales, a Flying Head is
created from a violent murder scene-- the severed head of a victim grows to enormous size,
or the head emerges from a mass grave. In others, a human is transformed into a Flying Head
after committing an act of cannibalism. In many stories, the origin of Flying Heads is not
remarked on at all-- they are primordial monsters whose nature is to eat humans, but occasionally
have other motivations of their own.
Flying Heads are associated with whirlwinds in many Iroquois communities.
Names such as Kanontsistóntie's and Kunenhrayenhnenh mean "flying head,"
while names such as Dagwanoenyent literally mean "whirlwind."