Published on November 14, 2012 by Casey
Name: Trickster Rabbit
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Tribal affiliation: Cherokee, Alabama
Native names: Jistu, Jisdu, Tsisdu, Chisdu, Tsistu; Cokfi, Chokfi; Tcetkana, Chetkana
Pronunciation: jeese-doo (Cherokee), choke-fee (Alabama), chet-kah-nah (Biloxi)
Type: Animal spirit, trickster, rabbit
Rabbit is the trickster figure in many Southeastern Indian tribes. He is generally a light-hearted character who does not engage in serious wrongdoing and features in many children’s stories; however, like most tricksters, he is prone to humorously inappropriate behavior, particularly gluttony, carelessness, and an overinflated ego.