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Native American Legends: Dahu (Tahu)

Name: Dahu
Tribal affiliation: Hidatsa
Alternate spellings: Tahu
Pronunciation: tah-hoo
Type: Thunderbird, storm spirit, giant bird
Related figures in other tribes: Wakinyan (Sioux), Huhuk (Pawnee), Nonoma (Cheyenne), Thunderers (Cherokee)

Dahu, or Tahu, is the Hidatsa Thunderbird. As in other Siouan tribes the Thunderbird is described as an immense eagle with a forked, jagged tail. The beating of its wings cause thunder. Dahu is the mortal enemy of the water panther.

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends

Indian Legends from the Northern Rockies:
    Anthology of folklore from the Mandan, Hidatsa, and other Northern Plains tribes.

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 Hidatsa Social and Ceremonial Organization
 Hidatsa spirits
 Hidatsa language
 North Dakota Indian reservations
 Indians of the Plains
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