HOTAMINTANIO

Real Name: Thobadzistshin (Navaho name, Hotamintanio is his Cheyenne name)

Identity/Class: Native American god

Occupation: God of war

Affiliations: The Anasazi (Native American gods)

Enemies: The Anaye, Owayodata, Red Wolf, Black Crow, Dr. Strange

Known Relatives: Manabozho (father, alias Manitou), Onatah (mother), Hino, Owayodota (brothers), Omamama (sister), Tawa (half-brother), Pawa (half-sister), Chibiabos, Wabasso, Coyote (alias Nanabozho) (uncles), Hastseolti (daughter), Calumet (possible son)

Aliases: Maasewe (Sia name), Balongahoya (Hopi), Ahayuta (Cherokee), Ondontata (Dakota), Maho-Sish (Mandan)

Base of Operations: Maski in the realm of Shipolo

First Appearance: Doctor Strange III#25 (January, 1991)

Powers: Hotamintanio possesses greater than normal powers over the Native American gods except for Manitou, Nanabozho and possibly Hino the thunder-god. He has superhuman strength (Class 75 perhaps), stamina, vitality and resistance to harm approaching that of perhaps the Olympian god Ares. He has little mystical power except for crossing dimensions and shapeshifting, but he does have exceptional skills in fighting and warfare.

History: (Native American Myth)- Hotamintanio is the son of the gods Manitou and Onatah, the corn-goddess. He was born on Earth in Navaho Territory where he was called Thobadzistshin. Among his worshippers, he was reputed to have particularly favored the Cheyenne and the Comanches. He and his brother, Nayenezghani (later Owayodata), were particularly successful in hunting down the Anaye, demonic enemies of the gods and either exterminating them or driving them underground.

(Doctor Strange III#25)- Over several hundred years, the spirits of slaughtered American Indians called out to their gods for vengeance. Nanabozho recruited both Hotamintanio and Calumet to return over five hundred years worth of prosecution back on white men. When Owayodata refused to assist in their war, Hotamintanio took him prisoner and tried to turn his mortal disciple, Red Wolf, to their cause. The indian mystic Black Crow, however, turned to Doctor Strange for help in rescuing Red Wolf and Owayodata as the heroes forced Hotamintanio, Nanabozho and Calumet to realize the irony of their attacks.

(Marvel Comics Presents#112/3) - Hotamintanio traveled to Asgard, where he chided Danielle Moonstar, Mirage, for turning her back on her Cheyenne heritage, to become a Valkyrie. He initially insisted on her leaving with him, which caused a fight between he and Moonstar's Valkyrie ally, Mist. After Moonstar recognized him, she managed to convince him to allow her to stay. He agreed, as long as she would return to her own heritage eventually.

Comments: Adapted by Fabian Nicieza and Ron Lim.

Hotamintanio's history is adapted from Navaho, Hopi and Comanche myths. Considering that his myth begins in Navaho stories, Thobadzistshin may be his earliest name.

Maski is described in Sia myth as Hotamintano's home in his role as Maasewe.

by Will Uchtman

Clarifications: None

 


Last updated: 08/20/02

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