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Native American Legends: Headless Man
Name: Headless Man
Tribal affiliation: Wichita
Alternate spelling: Headless-Man, Headless
Native names: Chearppeschaux
Related figures in other tribes: Man With No Head (Hitchiti),
Red Woman (Crow)
In Wichita myths, Headless Men are a type of dangerous monster or bogeyman. Their nature is not very
consistent from story to story, however-- in particular, they are described as magical men or ogres in
many legends, while in others they are described as literally having no heads.
Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
Mythology of the Wichita
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Book of Wichita myths and legends.
Hold Up The Sky:
Anthology of legends from the Wichita and other Southern Plains tribes.
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