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Native American Legends: Ableegumooch

Name: Ableegumooch
Tribal affiliation: Mi'kmaq, Penobscot
Alternate spellings: Aplíkmuj, Aplikmuj, Apli'kmuj
Pronunciation: ah-blee-guh-mooch
Also known as: Rabbit
Type: Trickster, rabbit spirit
Related figures in other tribes: Mahtigwess (Passamaquoddy)

Ableegumooch is a light-hearted trickster animal of Mi'kmaq folktales. He usually appears in the literal form of a rabbit and spends his time tricking, robbing, and deceiving the other animals of the forest, especially his trickster rival Keoonik. Like modern cartoon characters, Ableegumooch and Keoonik sometimes kill themselves or each other with their tricks and then randomly return to life. Ableegumooch is the main character of many stories aimed at children. He often behaves foolishly or causes trouble for others, but unlike animal tricksters in some other tribes, is not dangerous or malevolent, and is often said to be a friend of Glooskap. Ableegumooch and Keoonik are popular characters with storytellers and stories about the two of them have also been borrowed into the folklore of neighboring tribes such as the Maliseet and Penobscot.

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Ableegumooch Stories

The Lazy Rabbit * Rabbit and Otter:
    Ableegumooch unsuccessfully tries to get food by imitating other animals.
*Ableegumooch Calls a Truce:
    A story in which Ableegumooch and Keoonik team up to save the Penobscots from starvation.
*How Rabbit Got Long Ears:
    Ableegumooch plays a trick on the other animals in this Mi'kmaq folktale, but he can't fool Glooscap.
*How the Rabbit Lost His Tail:
    In this story, Ableegumooch gets his strange appearance by helping a friend win a wife.
*Run, Rabbit, Run:
    Mi'kmaq story about Ableegumooch outwitting a wildcat.

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
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On the Trail of Elder Brother:
    Excellent book of traditional stories told by a Mi'kmaq author and illustrator.
Giants of the Dawnland:
    Another good collection of Wabanaki legends told by a Penobscot Indian author.
Algonquian Spirit:
    Rich anthology of stories, songs, and oral history from the Mi'kmaq and other Algonquian tribes.
Native American Animal Stories:
    Engaging collection of American Indian tales about animals, told by Abenaki storyteller Joseph Bruchac.

Additional Resources

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 Mikmaq language
 Micmac Indians
 Penobscot Indians
 Nova Scotia languages
 Northeast Native American tribes

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