The pronghorn are indigenous to interior western and central North America. Though not an antelope, it is often known colloquially in North America as the American antelope, prong buck, pronghorn antelope, prairie antelope, or simply antelope because it closely resembles the true antelopes of the Old World. Names for the Pronghorn. Native Americans had many names for the pronghorn. The Cree called pronghorn “small caribou;” the Yankton Sioux named it “small deer.” To the Ogallala Sioux, pronghorn were “pale deer.” But for a long time Europeans didn’t know what to make of this strange animal, usually describing it as a kind of goat. The Apache have a legend that once a beautiful young woman of the tribe became a pronghorn antelope and even today her descendants still run with the wild herds of pronghorn. The “spirit animal powers” of the Pronghorn are those of being on the move, action oriented, secretive having quick wits and very alert, extremely sensitive to it’s surroundings; a master of delicate maneuvers, nimble and acrobatic.