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Native American Legends: Man-Eater
Tribal affiliation: Alabama,
Native names: Atipa-Tcoba, Isti-Papa, Neka-cí Ckamí, Neka-ci Ckami
Also known as: Big Man-Eater, Maneater, Elephant, Cannibal Monster
Related figures in other tribes: Naked Bear,
Man-Eater was a mythological monster of the Southeastern tribes, a huge carnivorous creature that preyed on humans.
Its appearance varied greatly from tribe to tribe-- in some tribes Man-Eater was described as being bearlike,
similar to Naked Bear monsters of the northern tribes. In others, such as the Creek and Seminole tribes,
Man-Eater was described as a feline monster similar to a giant mountain lion. In the Alabama and Koasati
tribes, many modern people associate Big Man-Eater with elephants. Some folklorists believe the legend of Man-Eater
may have been inspired by mammoths or mastodon fossils. You can visit our
stiff legged bears site to read some
opinions about that.
In any case, although the monster's name is translated as "Cannibal" or "Big Cannibal" in some texts, that is a slight
error in translation. The Native American names for this monster literally mean simply "man-eater."
This creature is not human or humanoid in any story that we know of, but is always a giant four-legged animal.
Big Man-Eater Stories
Rabbit and Big Man-Eater The Adventures of Rabbit and Big Man Eater Rabbit and Big Man-Eater Rabbit Kills Big Man-Eater:
Alabama Indian stories about Rabbit's encounters with a Big Man-Eater.
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