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Native American Legends: Tirawa (Atius Tirawa)
Tribal affiliation: Pawnee
Also known as: Tirawa Atius, Atius Tirawa, Tiriwa, Atiuch, Atius
Type: Native American Creator,
Related figures in other tribes: Neshanu (Arikara),
Sky Chief (Caddo),
Gitche Manitou (Chippewa)
Atius Tirawa is the Creator god of the Pawnee tribe, who made the human race and set the other gods to their
tasks. His name means "Father Above" in the Pawnee language. Sometimes the
Plains Indian term "Great Spirit" is also used. Tirawa Atius is a divine spirit who
is not generally personified in Caddo folklore.
Tirawa Atius and the Creation:
Pawnee myth about Tirawa Atius creating the world.
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The Pawnee Mythology:
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Extensive collection of Pawnee legends and traditional stories.
Hold Up The Sky:
Anthology of legends from the Pawnee and other Southern Plains tribes.
Pawnee Indian mythology
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