Native American language * Native American peoples * Native ancestry

Native American Legends: Nida (Nidawi)

Name: Nida
Tribal affiliation: Omaha, Ponca
Alternate spellings: Nidawi, Nidawin, Nidawį
Pronunciation: nee-dah
Type: Native monster
Related figures in other tribes: Stiff-Legged (Woodland Indian), Mammoth Bear (Iroquois), Man-Eater (Koasati)

Nida is an elephant-like earth spirit of Omaha and Ponca mythology. It may have been based on mastodon fossils. Nidawi is the feminine form of the name.

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

Osage Indian Customs and Myths:
    A good collection of Osage traditional stories.

Sponsored Links

Additional Resources

 Omaha legends
 Omaha language
 Omaha tribe
 Ponca tribe
 Native Americans in Nebraska
 Plains tribes
 Siouan Indian



Back to figures of myth and legend
Back to our Indian folktale site
Back to Indian names and meanings



Native authors * Native Americans medicine man * Mikmaq * Mount Greylock * Tribal tattoo art

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