Endangered American Indian languages
Native American Legends: Stoneclad
Tribal affiliation: Cherokee
Native names: Nvyunuwi, Nvyvunuwi, Nuyunuwi, Nûñ'yunu'wï
Type: Stone being,
Related figures in other tribes: Stonecoat (Iroquois),
Stoneclad is a monster from Cherokee folklore. Details about Stoneclad vary from telling to telling-- in some versions there is only
one, while in others there are a whole race of Stoneclads. In some versions Stoneclad is man-sized, or indeed is a human witch that turned
himself into an invulnerable monster; in others, he is a stone-skinned giant like the Stonecoats of the northern Iroquois tribes.
In all cases he has rocklike plates of armor that protect him from fire, cold, and weapons; he is defeated only through sapping his magical
power by destroying his talismans or exposing him to menstruating women.
Nûñ'yunu'wï Conquering Stone Clad:
Cherokee legends about the defeat of a Stoneclad.
Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
The First Fire:
Anthology of stories from the Kickapoo, Cherokee, Kiowa, and Tigua tribes.
Southeastern Native American Legends:
Book comparing the traditional stories of the Cherokee and other Southeast tribes.
Seeking the Corn Mother's Wisdom
Cherokee Indian names
Mississippi Native Americans
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