Native American Legends That Are Downright Terrifying

6. Tah-tah-kle’-ah: The Owl Women

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The Yakama tribe tells of five magical women who look like giant owls. By day, they live in caves, but by night, they fly away and devour all types of animals, including humans. They have a particular taste for children. They can even imitate human language to hunt them.

7. Teihiihan: The Little Cannibals

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These fierce, child-like humanoids of Cheyenne and Arapaho legend are known to attack in large numbers. Some myths say that they were powerful warriors in another life, but after dying in battle, they were resurrected as dwarves.

8. Uktena: The Horned Serpent

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According to Cherokee legend, these dragon-like beasts were once humans but turned into serpents to get revenge upon those who wronged them. Much like in European legend, tales are told of men proving their bravery by facing the creatures in battle.

9. Wendigo: The Evil That Devours

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The most well-known version of the Wendigo comes from the Great Lakes region, but it appears in many tribal legends. Sometimes, it’s a cautionary tale warning against the evils of cannibalism, as anyone who consumes human flesh will be turned into an irredeemable manifestation of pure evil with a bottomless appetite.

European legendary creatures like vampires and werewolves have nothing on some of these terrifying creatures. I think the Skudakumooch scares me the most, what about you?


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