Endangered American Indian languages
Legendary Native American Figures: Shampe
Tribal affiliation: Choctaw
Type: Monster, Native American bigfoot
Related figures in other tribes: Lofa (Chickasaw),
Stick Indians (Northwest Coast),
Boqs (Bella Coola)
The shampe is a malevolent, ogre-like monster of Chickasaw folklore. In some legends he attempts to abduct Choctaw women;
in others, he is a man-eater. He is sometimes described as a giant and other times as a large hairy man,
leading some people to associate him with the Bigfoot legend. His most salient feature is his smell-- a shampe's smell is
so overpowering that a person cannot bear to be around him, making him difficult to fight.
Shampe, the Giant Monster:
Choctaw myths about Shampe.
Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
Southeastern Native American Legends:
Book comparing the traditional stories of the Choctaw and other Southeast tribes.
They Say The Wind Is Red
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