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Ta Tanka

by Gerald Musinsky
Ta Tanka, the "great beast" or Great Buffalo is the spirit of the Bull Buffalo. It was considered, erroneously, by certain early anthropologists that the remains of North American mammoths were believed by the Lakota to be Ta Tanka. Ta Tanka, constantly at odds with Coyote (Mica), is the primary guardian of young maidens.

[Plains, Lakota]


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