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Native American Stories About Murder

Here is our collection of Native American legends and traditional stories about murder.

Native American Murder Spirits

Rolling Head (Plains Indian)
Kanaima (Carib)

Legends About Murder

The Rolling Head:
    Cheyenne legend about a monster created when a man murders his wife.
*A Widow’s Revenge:
    Mohican legend about a woman who brought her husband's murderers to justice.
*The Man They Cannot Hold:
    Lenape legend about two thwarted murderers who meet an unhappy fate.
*Iktomi, Two Widows, and the Red Plums * Trickster Kills The Children:
    Plains Indian legends about dangerous tricksters murdering the children of incautious parents.
*The False Bride-Groom:
    Gros Ventre legend about Loon jealously killing Shell-Spitter over women.
*The Foundling Who Was Befriended By Wolves:
    Legend about a Cree man rescued by wolves after a murder attempt.
*The Rolling Head * Case of the Severed Head:
    Cheyenne legends in which a man's murder of his adulterous wife creates a horrible monster.
*When Raven Was Killed:
    Athabaskan legend about a drought caused by murdering a trickster Raven.

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends

When the Chenoo Howls: Native American Tales of Terror:
    Eerie collection of Native American ghost stories and legends of danger and murder.



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