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Native American Legends: Found-in-Grass
Tribal affiliation: Arapaho
Alternate spellings: Found-in-the-Grass, Found in Grass, Found in the Grass
Native names: Bii'oxúyoo, Bii'oxiyoo
Type: Folk hero, Poor boy
Related figures in other tribes: Burnt-Belly (Pawnee),
Found-in-Grass is a hero from Arapaho folklore. Like many Plains Indian folk heroes, he was a poor, dirty boy who
was looked down upon by his tribe, but used his innate magical powers and his determined attitude
to rise above his humble origins and become a great chief. In some versions of the story Found-in-Grass is an
orphan, while in others, he is actually the mythical twin Spring-Boy,
displaced from his family by Whirlwind Woman.
Whatever his origins, he is adopted by a poor old woman and grows to do great deeds, including winning the love of the chief's
daughter and leading the first buffalo hunt.
Traditions of the Arapaho:
Collection of Arapaho legends, stories, and oral history, including the saga of Spring-Boy/Found-in-Grass.
Anthology of stories, songs, and oral history from the Arapaho and other Algonquian tribes.
Tell Me, Grandmother
Arapaho story telling
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