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Native American Legends: Caddaja
Tribal affiliation: Caddo
Type: Monster, ogre, serpent
Related figures in other tribes: Two-Face (Plains)
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.
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
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.
Traditional History of the Caddo Confederacy
Caddo body parts
Southern Plains Indians
Caddoan linguistic family
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