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Native American Legends: Chiye-Tanka (Chiha Tanka)
Tribal affiliation: Lakota and Dakota
Alternate spellings: Chiye Tanka, Chiyetanka, Chiha Tanka
Pronunciation: chee-yay tahn-kah
Related figures in other tribes: Sasquatch (Coast Salish),
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."
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The Sons of the Wind:
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Good collection of Sioux legends told by a Lakota author.
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Tribes of the Plains
The Siouan Indians
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