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Native American Legends: Wakonda (Wakanda)

Name: Wakonda
Tribal affiliation: Omaha, Ponca, Osage
Alternate spellings: Wakanda, Wakonta, Waucondah, Wah-kon-tah
Pronunciation: wah-kahn-dah
Type: Native American creator, High god
Related figures in other tribes: Wakan-Tanka (Sioux), Earthmaker (Ho-Chunk), Kitchi Manitou (Ojibway)

Wakonda is the great Creator power of the Osage, Omaha, and Ponca tribes. Wakonda 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.

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends

Ke-ma-ha: The Omaha stories of Francis LaFleche:
    Book of Omaha legends told by a prominent Native author.
Osage Indian Customs and Myths:
    A good collection of Osage traditional stories.

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Additional Resources

 Osage Traditions
 Omaha stories
 Omaha-Ponca language
 Osage pronunciation guide
 Nebraska Indian tribes
 The Great Plains
 Siouan languages



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