Scarface

North American - A Blackfoot brave. Son of Apisuahts by Soatsaki. He loved the daughter of a chief and she promised to marry him if he could persuade the sun-god, Natos, to release her from her undertaking not to marry (or to marry Natos, in some versions) and return without the scar, caused by a bear's claw, that disfigured his face. After many tribulations, he met the sun-god's son, Apisuahts, who took him to his father. Scarface and Apisuahts often hunted together and when Scarface saved his companion from a flock of savage birds, the sungod agreed to allow him to marry his beloved and removed the scar from his face. In another version, Feather-woman (Soatsaki) fell in love with Morning Star (Apisuahts) and was taken up to the star-country in a spider's web. When she disobeyed instructions never to dig up the great turnip which blocked the hole through which she had ascended, she was banished back to earth, taking her son, the star-boy named Poia, who was called Scarface. When he grew up, he sought his father in the star-country and, after saving his father from death, was permitted by the sun-god to return to earth without the scar that disfigured his face and to marry the maiden he loved. After teaching his people the Sun-dance, he returned to the star-country. In some stories, a cooking-pot takes the place of the turnip and the scar on Poia's face was caused when he rubbed his cheek on the leather thong by which he and his mother were lowered through the hole below the cookingpot when his mother disobeyed instructions and moved the pot. On occassion, referred to as Scarface, Apisuahts, Apisuahts, Apisirahts, Morning Star, Morning Star, Poia, Poia, Soatsaki, Soatsaki, Feather Woman or So-at-sa-ki.

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