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Native American Legends: Village Boy
Name: Village Boy
Alternate spellings: Village-Boy
Tribal affiliation: Caddo
Type: Hero, magical twin, thunder spirit
Also Known As: Lightning-Boy, Coninisí, Coneneses, Coninisi, Cononici, God Boys
Related figures in other tribes: Lodge-Boy (Hidatsa), Curtain-Boy (Crow), Dore (Ho-Chunk)
Village Boy is a young hero from the legends of the Caddo tribe and other Midwestern and Plains people.
Village Boy and his brother Wild Boy were twins
(considered a powerful and dangerous occurrence in many cultures of this region). Therefore both children have
strong magical powers. In some versions of the story, a Caddaja
or other monster kills the twins' pregnant mother while their father is out hunting and throws one of the unborn children into
the wilderness. In other versions, Village Boy is born first and his brother is magically created from the afterbirth.
Because of their magic, both children survive, but Village Boy is found by his father and raised in civilization, while
Wild Boy is not found and grows up in the wilderness. Eventually the two brothers are reunited, avenge their mother and
restore her to life, and go on to have monster-slaying adventures. In Caddo mythology, the twins are
associated with thunder and lightning.
Village Boy Stories
The Twin Brothers The Brothers Who Became Lightning And Thunder:
Caddo legends about the mythical twin heros.
Recommended Books of Related Native American Stories
Traditions of the Caddo:
A good anthology of Caddo Indian folklore and oral history.
Hold Up The Sky:
Anthology of legends from the Caddo and other Texas tribes.
Southeastern Native American Legends:
Book comparing the traditional stories of the Caddo and other Southeast tribes.
Traditional History of the Caddo Confederacy
The Caddo tribe
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