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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,
Related figures in other tribes: Wakonda (Omaha),
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.
Singing for a Spirit
Dakota and Lakota pronunciation
South Dakota tribes
The Plains tribes
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