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Native American Legends: Caddaja

Name: Caddaja
Tribal affiliation: Caddo
Type: Monster, ogre, serpent
Related figures in other tribes: Two Face (Plains), Uktena (Cherokee)

Caddaja is a man-eating monster of Caddo folklore. The Caddaja is usually described as a kind of hideous horned ogre, but in some legends, it is portrayed as a horned serpent instead, more like the Cherokee Uktena. In all cases, the Caddaja is considered an enemy and predator of humankind.

Caddaja Stories

*Caddo Sun Myths:
    An overview of traditional Caddo mythology, including the story of the Caddaja who slew the first pregnant woman.
*The Twin Brothers * The Brothers Who Became Lightning And Thunder:
    Caddo legends about the twin heroes Thunder and Lightning slaying the Caddaja who killed their mother.

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
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Traditions of the Caddo:
    A good anthology of Caddo Indian folklore and oral history.
When the Chenoo Howls: Native American Tales of Terror:
    Collection of Native American monster stories by an acclaimed Native storyteller.
Hold Up The Sky:
    Anthology of legends from the Caddo and other Texas tribes.
Southeastern Native American Legends:
    Book comparing the traditional stories of the Caddo and other Southeast tribes.

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Additional Resources

 Caddo monsters
 Caddo tribe
 Caddo pronunciation
 Louisiana tribes
 Southern Plains Indians
 Caddoan linguistic family

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