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Native American Legends: Mehne (Mihni)

Name: Mehne
Tribal affiliation: Cheyenne
Alternate spellings: Mehneo'o, Mih'ni, Mihni, Mehn, Mihn
Pronunciation: meh-neh
Type: Lake monster, serpent
Related figures in other tribes: Misiginebig (Anishinabe), Moneto (Fox), Big Water Snake (Blackfoot)

Mehne is an underwater horned serpent, common to the legends of most Algonquian tribes. Mehne lurk in lakes and springs and eat humans, although leaving respectful offerings for them is said to improve their disposition.

Mehne Stories

*The Rolling Head * Case of the Severed Head:
    Cheyenne legends about an adulterous mih'ni serpent.

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
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Tales of the Cheyennes:
    Collection of Cheyenne legends and folktales.
Algonquian Spirit:
    Excellent anthology of stories, songs, and oral history from the Cheyenne and other Algonquian tribes.

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