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Legendary Native American Figures: Spotted Tail
Name: Spotted Tail
Alternate spellings: Spotted-Tail
Tribal affiliation: Hidatsa
Native names: Tsitaxaxi, Ciidaxaxi
Type: Native hero
Spotted Tail was a comic hero of Hidatsa folklore. A kinsman of
he had a rivalrous but good-natured relationship with the
creator god, in which they played pranks and tried to one-up each other; this was considered the basis of the real-life "joking relationship"
certain clan cousins had with one another in Hidatsa society. Stories about Spotted Tail and First-Maker were often humorous in nature,
but not scandalous or dark like some Siouan trickster tales.
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.
Hidatsa Social and Ceremonial Organization
Indians in North Dakota
The Plains Native Americans
The Siouan tribe
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