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Legendary Native American Figures: Two-Face (Double-Face or Sharp-Elbows)

Name: Two-Face
Tribal affiliation: Cheyenne, Sioux, Omaha
Native Names: Hestovatohkeo'o (Cheyenne: also Héstova'kéhe, Héstóvátóhke, Héstova'éhe)
Also Known As: Double-Face, Sharp-Elbows, Two-Faces, Two-Faced People, Two Faced One, Two Face, Two Faces, Twoface, Twofaces, Twofaced, Double Face, Doubleface, Double Faces, Double-Faces, Doublefaces, Sharp Elbows
Type: Monster

Two-Face is a malevolent humanoid monster of the Plains Indian tribes. In some tribes Two-Faces are described as ogres, but most often the Two-Face resembles a human except for having a second face on the back side of his or her head. If people make eye contact with this second face, they will either be struck dead or paralyzed with fear until the Two-Face returns to murder them (usually by stabbing them to death with his sharp elbows.) In some stories Two-Face is a predator who eats humans, but in most he is an evil being who kills simply for the sake of killing. Two-Faces who are not cannibals often mutilate the bodies of their victims in gruesome ways, and frequently target children, pregnant women, or other vulnerable people.

Two-Face Stories

*Two-Face and the Twins:
    Omaha story about a Two-Face that kills a pregnant woman, whose twins survive and avenge her.

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends

When the Chenoo Howls: Native American Tales of Terror:
    Collection of Native American monster stories by an acclaimed Native storyteller.

Additional Resources

 Cheyenne language
 Sioux language
 Great Plains Indians languages



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