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Legendary Native American Figures: Stuwi
Tribal affiliation: Arikara
Alternate spellings: Stuuwi
Humorous trickster figures who behave in socially egregious ways are common in Native American mythology, but in most
tribes, they are exclusively male characters. Stuwi is one exception, a female character of loose morals and
poor manners who features in many jokes and stories told among Arikara men.
Stuwi stories usually feature adult humor, similar to the risque stories told about male tricksters like Coyote or Iktomi.
Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
Traditional Narratives of the Arikara Indians:
Translations of many Arikara myths and stories, including several about Stuwi. (Be aware these are not stories for children!)
Myths and Traditions of the Arikara Indians:
Another good collection of Arikara legends and oral history.
The Arikara War
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