A mythical sea-monster of southern Chile. This giant octopus is reputed to have claws at the end of its tentacles and its huge ears are covered with eyes that can be made either large or small at will. It seizes and slays all that fall within its reach. When it goes ashore to sun itself and wishes to return to the sea, it raises a gale which pushes it into the water.

Cuero is known among the Araucanians as Trelquehuecuve.



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  • Dixon-Kennedy, Mike. (1996). Native American Myth & Legend. London: Blandford.