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Legendary Native American Figures: Whirlwind Woman
Name: Whirlwind Woman
Tribal affiliation: Arikara, Arapaho
Native names: Huupirikúsu
Type: Nature spirit,
Related figures in other tribes: Cyclone Person (Shawnee)
Whirlwind Woman is a powerful storm spirit of the northern Plains tribes.
Although destructive and dangerous, she is not malevolent but rather a force of
nature like the Thunderbird, and brings spiritual gifts and visions to worthy
humans. In some traditions she has always been the spirit of the tornado,
while in others, she was a human girl who turned into Whirlwind Woman
after being carried away by a tornado.
Whirlwind Woman Stories
Arikara folklore about Whirlwind Woman and her children.
Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
Myths and Traditions of the Arikara Indians:
Collection of Arikara legends and oral history.
Arikara language learning
North Dakota Indian information
Plains Indian languages
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