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Native American Stories About Violence

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

Native American Violence Spirits

Rolling Head (Plains Indian)

Legends About Violence

The Badger and the Bear:
    Lakota legend about a greedy and violent bear punished for turning on a badger who had shared food with him in his time of need.
*Weasel in the Hen House:
    Lenape story explaining why weasels are bloodthirsty.
*The Rolling Head * Case of the Severed Head:
    Cheyenne legends in which a man's violent murder of his adulterous wife creates a horrible monster.

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends

Soft Child:
    Children's book illustrating a Southwest Indian legend about Rattlesnake learning to defend himself against violent neighbors.

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