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Native American Legends: Lodge Boy (By-The-Door)
Name: Lodge Boy
Tribal affiliation: Assiniboine,
Also known as: Lodge-Boy, Lodge-Lining, By-The-Door, Found-By-The-Door
Native names: Atutish (Hidatsa, also spelled A-tu-tish), Haw'atukuk or Wahi (Menominee)
Related figures in other tribes: Village Boy (Caddo),
Curtain Boy (Crow),
Lodge Boy is a young hero from the legends of the Midwestern and Plains people.
Lodge Boy and his brother Thrown Away were twins
(considered a powerful and dangerous occurrence in many cultures of this region) and were also ripped from their
mother's womb, another portentous event. Consequently, Lodge Boy and his brother have
strong magical powers. In most versions of the story, a Two-Face
or other vicious monster (or sometimes a violent relative) kills Lodge Boy's pregnant mother while her husband
is out hunting and throws one of her unborn children out the door into the yard, leaving the other behind in the lodge.
Because of their magic, both children survive, but Lodge Boy (who was thrown inside
the lodge) is found by his father and raised in civilization, while
Thrown Away (who was thrown outside the lodge) is not found and grows up in the wilderness.
Eventually the two brothers are reunited, avenge their mother's
death, and go on to have monster-slaying adventures. In some versions of the epic Lodge Boy is a moral
person while Thrown Away is wicked; in others, both are generally benevolent heroes.
Lodge Boy Stories
Lodge-Boy and Spring-Boy:
Hidatsa legend about the two mythical brothers.
Recommended Books of Related Native American Stories
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Collection of Hidatsa legends and folktales.
Mandan-Hidatsa Myths and Ceremonies:
Anthropology text on the religious beliefs and traditions of the Mandan and Hidatsa tribes.
Buffalo Bird Woman's Garden:
Interesting book about Native American farming traditions narrated by a Hidatsa woman.
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