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Legendary Native American Figures: Lofa

Name: Lofa
Tribal affiliation: Chickasaw
Alternate spellings: Lhofa, Lonfa, Lhonfa, ɫofa, Klofa
Pronunciation: similar to thlo-fah, often anglicized to loh-fah
Type: Monster, American Indian bigfoot
Related figures in other tribes: Shampe (Choctaw), Stick Indians (Northwest Coast), Bush Indian (Alaskan)

The Lofa is a malevolent, ogre-like monster of Chickasaw folklore. His name literally means "flayer" or "skinner," a reference to his gruesome habit of flaying the skin from his victims. In some legends he attempts to abduct Chickasaw women. He is sometimes described as a giant and other times as a large, hairy, smelly man, leading some people to associate him with the Bigfoot legend.

Lofa Stories

*Story of the Wildcat Clan:
    Chickasaw myth about a hunter encountering a Lofa in the woods.

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends

Southeastern Native American Legends:
    Book comparing the traditional stories of the Chickasaw and other Southeast tribes.

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Additional Resources

 Splendid Land, Splendid People
 Chickasaw tales
 Chickasaw language
 Chickasaw pronunciation
 Mississippi Native Americans
 Southeast tribes
 Muskogean language

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