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Legendary Native American Figures: Sipa
Tribal affiliation: Cocopa
Alternate spellings: Sipakmat, Sipakmaat, Sipakma:t
Pronunciation: see-pah or see-pock-mawt
Type: Creator deity
Related figures in other tribes: Mukat (Mission Indians)
Sipa (or Sipakmat) is the creator god of Cocopa Indian mythology.
Unlike Native cultures in the rest of North America, the Cocopa and other Sonoran
tribes of southeast California and southwestern Arizona did not consider their Creator to be a benevolent spirit
or a friend to humankind-- Sipa was capricious and deceitful, and was eventually slain by his own creations
after introducing death to the world.
The Creation Myth:
Story of the creation of humans by Sipa and his brother Komat, in English and Spanish.
Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
And It Is Still That Way:
Charming anthology of legends told by Cocopah and other Arizona Indian children.
Collection of Cocopa legends and traditional stories.
The Cocopah People
Southern California Native American people
Southwestern Native Americans
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