Native American language * American Indian cultures * American Indian nations

Native American Legends: Found-in-Grass

Name: Found-in-Grass
Tribal affiliation: Arapaho
Alternate spellings: Found-in-the-Grass, Found in Grass, Found in the Grass
Native names: Bii'oxúyoo, Bii'oxiyoo
Pronunciation: bee-akh-uh-yaw
Type: Folk hero, Poor boy
Related figures in other tribes: Burnt-Belly (Pawnee), Wets-The-Bed (Wichita)

Found-in-Grass is a hero from Arapaho folklore. Like many Plains Indian folk heroes, he was a poor, dirty boy who was looked down upon by his tribe, but used his innate magical powers and his determined attitude to rise above his humble origins and become a great chief. In some versions of the story Found-in-Grass is an orphan, while in others, he is actually the mythical twin Spring-Boy, displaced from his family by Whirlwind-Woman. Whatever his origins, he is adopted by a poor old woman and grows to do great deeds, including winning the love of the chief's daughter and leading the first buffalo hunt.

Found-in-Grass Stories

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
Our organization earns a commission from any book bought through these links

Traditions of the Arapaho:
    Collection of Arapaho legends, stories, and oral history, including the saga of Spring-Boy/Found-in-Grass.
Algonquian Spirit:
    Anthology of stories, songs, and oral history from the Arapaho and other Algonquian tribes.

Sponsored Links

Additional Resources

 Arapaho story telling
 Arapaho language
 Arapaho Indians
 Colorado Native Americans
 Plains Native languages
 Arapaho Indian words
 Algonquian nations

Back to American Indian Figures
Back to American Indian Mythology
Learn more about the Arapaho tribe.

Native American weapons * Finding my Native American heritage * Apache Indian * Native American necklaces

Would you like to help support our organization's work with endangered American Indian languages?

Native Languages of the Americas website © 1998-2020 * Contacts and FAQ page