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Prepared by the Federal Writers' Project in Nebraska.

These legends are for the most part stories of the supernatural power possessed by animals. The belief that animals had supernatural power did not discount the power of a supreme being known to the Pawnee as Tirawa. WIthin their habitat the Pawnees had certain places which they held sacred. Five such places of importance in animal legend, which were also known to other Indian tribes are Pahuk, a promontory in a bend of the Platte River a few miles west of Fremont; Nakiskat, on an island in the Platte River near Central City; Tauraspako, on the south side of the Platte near Grand Island; Kitsawitsak, bear Beloit, KS; and Pahowa, a spring near the Republican River. Pahuk, the chief one of these animal lodges, was known and held sacred by other Indian tribes. The Dakotas called it Paha Wakan (Holy Hill).

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Special Collections GR110.N2 F4 no.6

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Federal Writers' Project in Nebraska




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American Studies | Native American Studies

Animal Legends - Nebraska Folklore



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