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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."

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The Sons of the Wind:
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