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Legendary Native American Figures: Wakan Tanka (Wakataka)

Name: Wakan Tanka
Tribal affiliation: Sioux
Alternate spellings: Wakantanka, Wakan-Tanka, Wakataka
Pronunciation: wah-kahn tahn-kah
Also known as: Great Mystery
Type: High god, Creator
Related figures in other tribes: Wakonda (Omaha), Earth-maker (Ho-chunk), Gitche Manitou (Ojibway)

Wakan Tanka is the great Creator power of the Lakota and Dakota tribes. Wakan Tanka is an abstract, omnipresent creative force who is never personified in traditional Siouan legends, and in fact did not even have a gender before the introduction of English with its gender-specific pronouns.

Wakan Tanka Stories

    Wikipedia article about the Great Mystery.

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends

The Sons of the Wind:
    Good collection of Sioux legends told by a Lakota author.

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Additional Resources

 Singing for a Spirit
 Sioux mythology
 Dakota language
 Dakota and Lakota pronunciation
 South Dakota tribes
 The Plains tribes
 Sioux languages

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