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Native American Legends: Red-Woman

Name: Red-Woman
Alternate spellings: Red Woman
Tribal affiliation: Crow
Native names: Hi'cictawi'a, Hisshishtawia
Pronunciation: hee-sheesh-tah-wee-ah
Type: Monster, antagonist
Related figures in other tribes: Double Face (Sioux) Headless Man (Wichita), Man-Eater (Creek)

Red-Woman is an ogress from Crow folklore. Although she is sometimes identified as a cannibal, in many legends, she is a malevolent monster who kills just for the sake of killing, sometimes mutilating her victims in horrible ways. In some stories she used witchcraft to hypnotize people or affect their minds.

Red-Woman Stories

*Lodge-Boy and Thrown-Away:
    Crow legend about Red-Woman murdering a pregnant woman.

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends

From the Heart of the Crow Country:
    Crow legends, traditional stories, and oral history narrated by a tribal elder.
Myths and Traditions of the Crow Indians:
    Classic collection of Crow legends and folklore.

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Additional Resources

 Counting Coup: Becoming a Crow Chief
 Crow stories
 Crow Indian language
 Crow phonology
 Montana Indian
 The Plains tribe
 Siouan information



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