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Native American Legends: Chiye-Tanka (Chiha Tanka)

Name: Chiye-Tanka
Tribal affiliation: Lakota and Dakota
Alternate spellings: Chiye Tanka, Chiyetanka, Chiha Tanka
Pronunciation: chee-yay tahn-kah
Type: Monster, Bigfoot
Related figures in other tribes: Sasquatch (Coast Salish), Tsiatko (Chehalis)

Chiye-Tanka is a large, shaggy woodland being of Sioux folklore. Some people associate him with the legend of Bigfoot. His name literally means "Big Elder Brother."

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends

The Sons of the Wind:
    Good collection of Sioux legends told by a Lakota author.

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 Singing for a Spirit
 Lakota myths
 Sioux languages
 Lakota Sioux pronunciation
 South Dakota tribe
 Tribes of the Plains
 The Siouan Indians



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