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Native American Legends: Hiintcabiit
Tribal affiliation: Arapahoe
Alternate spellings: Hiincebiit, Hiintcabit
Pronunciation: heent-sabb-eet (the second syllable rhymes with "crab.")
Also known as: Owner-of-Waters, Great Serpent
Type: Lake monster,
Related figures in other tribes: Mishi Ginebig (Anishinabe),
Hiintcabiit is a great horned water serpent of Arapaho legend. Although they are powerful and dangerous, in Arapaho legends,
horned serpents often do not harm people who pay them the proper respect, and sometimes even
reward people who give them offerings with good luck in hunting or war. The name "Hiintcabiit" literally means
"water master" or "owner of waters" in Arapaho.
Profile of the Arapaho horned serpent.
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