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Legendary Native American Figures: Old Woman Who Never Dies

Name: Old Woman Who Never Dies
Tribal affiliation: Mandan, Hidatsa
Native names: Kadhutetash, Gaarudetaash
Type: Corn spirit
Related figures in other tribes: Mother Corn (Arikara), Selu (Cherokee), Onatah (Iroquois)

In Hidatsa and Mandan mythology, Old Woman Who Never Dies is the corn spirit. She taught the people how to harvest corn and give thanks for the harvest properly.

Old-Woman-Who-Never-Dies Stories

*The Corn Ceremony:
    Hidatsa myth about Old Woman Who Never Dies and the corn harvest.

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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Additional Resources

 Hidatsa Social and Ceremonial Organization
 Mandan spirits
 Mandan language
 North Dakota Native American history
 Plains Native Americans
 Hokan Siouan linguistics



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