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Native American Legends: Caddi Ayo (Sky Chief Above)

Name: Caddi Ayo
Tribal affiliation: Caddo
Alternate spellings: Ayo-Caddi-Aymay, Ayamat Caddi, Ayanat Caddi, Ah-ah Ha'-yo
Pronunciation: kah-dee ah-yoh
Also known as: Chief Above, Great Father Above, Sky Chief, Great Spirit
Type: High gods, creator gods, spirits of the sky
Related figures in other tribes: Nishanu (Arikara), Tirawa (Pawnee), Gitchie Manitou (Chippewa)

Caddi Ayo means "Sky Chief" or "Chief Above" in the Caddo language, and is the Caddo name for the Creator (God.) Sometimes the Plains Indian term "Great Spirit" is also used. Caddi Ayo is a divine spirit and is not generally personified in Caddo folklore.

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends

Traditions of the Caddo:
    A good anthology of Caddo Indian folklore and oral history.
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

 Traditional History of the Caddo Confederacy
 Caddo spirits
 Caddo language
 Caddo pronunciation
 The Caddos
 Texas Indians
 Plains Indians
 Caddoan languages



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