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Native American Legends: Spotted Tail

Name: Spotted Tail
Alternate spellings: Spotted-Tail
Tribal affiliation: Hidatsa
Native names: Tsitaxaxi, Ciidaxaxi
Pronunciation: tsee-dah-kha-khee
Type: Native hero

Spotted Tail was a comic hero of Hidatsa folklore. A kinsman of First-Maker, he had a rivalrous but good-natured relationship with the creator god, in which they played pranks and tried to one-up each other; this was considered the basis of the real-life "joking relationship" certain clan cousins had with one another in Hidatsa society. Stories about Spotted Tail and First-Maker were often humorous in nature, but not scandalous or dark like some Siouan trickster tales.

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