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Legendary Native American Figures: Headless Man
Name: Headless Man
Tribal affiliation: Wichita
Alternate spelling: Headless-Man, Headless
Native names: Chearppeschaux
Related figures in other tribes: Man With No Head (Hitchiti),
Red Woman (Crow)
In Wichita myths, Headless Men are a type of dangerous monster or bogeyman. Their nature is not very consistent from story to story,
however-- in particular, they have heads in some legends and are literally headless in others. Headless men are also sometimes
human-sized and other times ogre-sized.
Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
Mythology of the Wichita
Book of Wichita myths and legends.
Hold Up The Sky:
Anthology of legends from the Wichita and other Southern Plains tribes.
Traders of Texas and the Southern Plains
Wichita pronunciation guide
Plains Indians history
Caddoan language family
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