GeNosgwa

Cannibal Giant of the northeastern United States and Canada.

Etymology: Seneca (Iroquoian), "stone giant." Variant names: Ot-ne-yar-hed (Onondaga /Iroquoian), Stone giant.

Behavior: Rubs its body with tree resin and sand.

Distribution: New York; Ontario, Canada. Sources: Hartley Burr Alexander, North American Mythology (Boston: Marshall Jones, 1916), p. 29; William Martin Beauchamp, Iroquois Folk Lore, Gathered from the Six Nations ofNew York (Syracuse, N.Y.: Dehler, 1922); Marvin A. Rapp, "Legend of the Stone Giants," New York Folklore Quarterly 12 (1956): 280-282; Joseph Bruchac, Stone Giants and Flying Heads (Trumansburg, N.Y.: Crossing, 1979); Marianne Mithun and Myrtle Peterson, "Ge:no:sgwa' (The Stonecoat)," in Marianne Mithun and Hanni Woodbury, eds., Northern Iroquoian Texts (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1980), pp. 110-122.

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