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Legendary Native American Figures: Scalped Man

Name: Scalped Man
Tribal affiliation: Arikara, Pawnee
Native names: Tshunuxu, Chunuxu, Kicahuruksu'
Pronunciation: choo-noo-khoo (Arikara), kee-chah-hoo-rook-soo (Pawnee)
Type: Ghost

Scalped Man is a character from Arikara and Pawnee ghost stories, a warrior who returned to life after being killed and scalped in battle and now roams the world as a fearsome spirit being with the top of his head missing. In most stories Scalped Man frightens and menaces people, but in some he is a tragic figure who haunts his old village and helps people when they are not looking.

Scalped Man Stories

The Scalped Man in Arikara and Pawnee Folkore:
    Several example of Scalped Man stories from the Pawnee and Arikara tribes.

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends

Myths and Traditions of the Arikara Indians:
    Collection of Arikara legends and oral history.
Hold Up The Sky:
    Anthology of legends from the Pawnee and other Texas tribes.

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