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Legendary Native American Figures: Lone Man (Only Man)

Name: Lone Man
Tribal affiliation: Mandan, Hidatsa
Also known as: Only Man, One Man
Native names: Macéruwacash, Numank Maxana, Numakmaxena, Numak-Mahana
Type: Culture hero
Related figures in other tribes: Little Hare (Omaha), Nanabush (Ojibway), Glooscap (Wabanaki)

Lone Man is the mythical first human and culture hero of the Mandan and Hidatsa tribes. He worked together with Coyote to shape the earth and teach the people how to live.

Lone Man Stories

*A Hidatsa Creation Story:
    Hidatsa myths about Only Man and First Creator.
*First Creator and Lone Man * Creation of the World:
    Mandan myths about First Creator, Lone Man, and the origin of the world.

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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