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Native American Legends: Burnt Belly

Name: Burnt Belly
Alternate spellings: Burnt-Belly
Tribal affiliation: Pawnee
Type: Native hero, poor-boy
Related figures in other tribes: Found In Grass (Arapaho), Wets The Bed (Wichita)

Burnt-Belly is an orphan hero from Wichita folklore. Like many Plains Indian folk heroes, he was a poor, dirty orphan boy who was neglected by his tribe and given a disparaging nickname, but used his powers and his good nature to rise above his humble origins and marry the chief's daughter.

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Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends

The Pawnee Mythology:
    Extensive collection of Pawnee legends and traditional stories.
Hold Up The Sky:
    Anthology of legends from the Pawnee and other Texas tribes.

Additional Resources

 Rattlesnake Mesa
 Pawnee mythology
 Pawnee Indian language
 Pawnee pronunciation
 Kansas Indians
 The Plains Natives
 Caddoan languages



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