Cheyenne Indian Clans, Bands and Gens

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Many tribes have sub-tribes, bands, gens, clans and phratry.  Often very little information is known or they no longer exist.  We have included them here to provide more information about the tribes.

  • Black Lodges. According to Grinnell (Soc. Org. Cheyenne, 144, 1905), a local designation for a part of the Northern Cheyenne.
  • Half Breed Band. Mentioned by Culbertson (Smithson. Rep. 1850, 143, 1851) as a local band of the Cheyenne (q. v.) in 1850, probably named from a chief; or perhaps the Sutaio.
  • Hevhaitanio (Hévhaitä′nio, ‘hair men’, ‘fur men’; sing., Hévhaitän}. A principal division of the Cheyenne, q. v.
  • Heviqsnipahis (Hevĭqs′­nĭ′’pahĭs, ‘aortas closed, by burning’; sing., Hevĭqs′­nĭ′’pa). A principal division of the Cheyenne, q. v.
  • Himatanohis (Hĭmátanóhĭs, ‘bowstring men’). A warrior society of the Cheyenne, q. v.
  • Himoiyoqis (Hĭ′moiyóqĭs, a word of doubtful meaning). A warrior society of the Cheyenne (q. v.); also sometimes known as Oómi-nű′tqiu, Coyote warriors. (J. M.)
  • Hisiometanio (Hĭsíometä′nio, ‘ridge men’; sing., Hĭsíometä′n). A principal division of the Cheyenne, q. v.
  • Honowa (Hô‘nowǎ, ‘poor people’; sing, Hô‘nów). A principal division of the Cheyenne, q. v.
  • Hotamimsaw (Hotám-ĭmsáw, ‘foolish or crazy dogs’). A warrior society of the Cheyenne, q. v.
  • Hotamitanio (Hotámitä′nio, ‘dog men’; sing., Hotámitä′n). A warrior society of the Cheyenne (q. v), commonly known to the whites as Dog Soldiers. See Military Societies.


MLA Source Citation:

Hodge, Frederick Webb, Compiler. The Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico. Bureau of American Ethnology, Government Printing Office. 1906. AccessGenealogy.com. Web. 29 August 2014. http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/cheyenne-indian-clans-bands-and-gens.htm - Last updated on Dec 30th, 2012


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