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Native Languages of the Americas:
Otoe Indian Legends and Stories

This is our collection of links to Otoe stories and folktales that can be read online. We have indexed our Native American stories section by tribe to make them easier to locate; however, variants on the same legend are often told by American Indians from different tribes, especially if those tribes are kinfolk or neighbors to each other. In particular, though these legends come from the Otoes, the mythology of related tribes like the Kanza and Osage tribes are very similar.

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Important Otoe Mythological Figures

Ictinike (also spelled Ishjinki, Ishtinike, and other ways. Sometimes he is referred to as Old Man Ishjinki.) Ictinike is the Trickster figure of the Ioway, Otoe, and Missouri tribes. Ictinike was the son of the Sun God, but due to his bad behavior was exiled to earth, where he had many adventures and got in every imaginable kind of trouble.

Doré and Waredwa: These mythical twins whose mother was killed by a monster are common to the folklore of many Midwestern and Eastern tribes. They are generally portrayed as heroic monster-slayers in Otoe legends.

Sharp-Elbows (Itopa'hi): A man-eating ogre with spikes on his elbows and faces on both sides of his head.

Otoe Indian Folklore

*The Story of Dore and Wahredua:
    An Iowa-Otoe legend about the Twin Holy Brothers.
*Dore and Wahredua:
    Another story about the twin monster-slayers, narrated by two Otoe storytellers.

Recommended Books on Otoe Myth

Indian Sleep-Man Tales:
    Collection of Otoe legends and traditional stories.

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Additional Resources

 Otoe religion and expressive traditions
 Books of Native American myths
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 Otoe words
 Indian tribes of Oklahoma
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