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Legendary Native American Figures: Shampe

Name: Shampe
Tribal affiliation: Choctaw
Pronunciation: shahm-pay
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 Stories

*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.

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