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Native Languages of the Americas:
Otoe Indian Legends and Stories
This is our collection of links to Otoe stories and folktales that can be read online.
We have indexed our Native American stories section
by tribe to make them easier to locate; however, variants on the same
legend are often told by American Indians from different tribes, especially if those tribes are kinfolk or neighbors to
each other. In particular, though these legends come from the Otoes, the mythology of
related tribes like the Kansa and
Osage tribes are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Otoe legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
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Ictinike (also spelled Ishjinki, Ishtinike, and other ways.
Sometimes he is referred to as Old Man Ishjinki.)
Ictinike is the Trickster figure of the Ioway, Otoe, and Missouri tribes. Ictinike was the son of the Sun God, but due to his bad behavior
was exiled to earth, where he had many adventures and got in every imaginable kind of trouble.
These mythical twins whose mother was killed by a monster are common to the folklore of many Midwestern and Eastern tribes.
They are generally portrayed as heroic monster-slayers in Otoe legends.
Sharp Elbows (Itopa'hi):
A man-eating ogre with spikes on his elbows and faces on both sides of his head.
The Story of Dore and Wahredua:
An Iowa-Otoe legend about the Twin Holy Brothers.
Mythology of the Otos:
Early 20th-century collection of Oto legends.
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