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Legendary Native American Figures: Wets-The-Bed

Name: Wets The Bed
Alternate spellings: Wets-The-Bed
Tribal affiliation: Wichita
Native names: Weksidahos, Itschidistariak, Hasiilawa
Type: American Indian hero, poor boy
Related figures in other tribes: Burnt Belly (Pawnee), Found In Grass (Arapaho)

Wets-The-Bed is an orphan hero from Wichita folklore. Like many Plains Indian folk heroes, he was a poor, dirty orphan boy who was mistreated by his tribe and given an insulting nickname, but used his innate magical powers and his determined attitude to rise above his humble origins and become a great chief.

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends

Mythology of the Wichita
    Book of Wichita myths and legends.
Hold Up The Sky:
    Anthology of legends from the Wichita and other Southern Plains tribes.

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 Traders of Texas and the Southern Plains
 Wichita mythology
 Wichita Indian language
 Wichita pronunciation
 Kansas Native
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