Native language families * Native culture articles * Native American ancestry

  * Find Native American ancestors in your family tree

Native American Legends: Tirawa (Atius Tirawa)

Name: Tirawa
Tribal affiliation: Pawnee
Pronunciation: tee-rah-wah
Also known as: Tirawa Atius, Atius Tirawa, Tiriwa, Atiuch, Atius
Type: Native American Creator, high god
Related figures in other tribes: Neshanu (Arikara), Ayo-Caddi-Aymay (Caddo), Gitche Manitou (Chippewa)

Atius Tirawa is the Creator god of the Pawnee tribe, who made the human race and set the other gods to their tasks. His name means "Father Above" in the Pawnee language. Sometimes the Plains Indian term "Great Spirit" is also used. Tirawa Atius is a divine spirit who is not generally personified in Caddo folklore.

Tirawa Stories

*Tirawa Atius and the Creation:
    Pawnee myth about Tirawa Atius creating the world.

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends

The Pawnee Mythology:
    Extensive collection of Pawnee legends and traditional stories.
Hold Up The Sky:
    Anthology of legends from the Pawnee and other Southern Plains tribes.

Sponsored Links

Additional Resources

 Rattlesnake Mesa
 Pawnee Indian mythology
 Pawnee language
 Pawnee alphabet
 Kansas tribes
 Plains Indians culture

Back to the Native American gods
Back to Native American folklore
Back to Native names

Indian books * American Indian medicine * Wiyot * Kiowa Native American * Tribal tattoo free

Would you like to help support our organization's work with endangered American Indian languages?

Native Languages of the Americas website 1998-2015 * Contacts and FAQ page