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Native American Legends: Apotamkin
Tribal affiliation: Maliseet, Passamaquoddy
Alternate spellings: Aputamkon, Appodumken, Appod'mk'n, Apodumken, Abbodumken, Apotampkin,
Apotumk'n, Aboo-dom-k'n, Apotamkon, Apoatamkin, Aboumk'n
Type: Monster, sea serpent
The monstrous Apotamkin is often misidentified as a "vampire" by non-Native Americans (particularly since its name
was glimpsed in one of the recent "Twilight" movies.) But in actual Maliseet and Passamaquoddy legends, this creature
has nothing to do with vampires-- the Apotamkin is a giant fanged
sea serpent that lurks in the Passamaquoddy Bay and drags people, especially incautious children,
into the water and eats them. Apotamkin is said
to have long red hair, and in some stories was once a human woman who was transformed into a
If you would like to read about some Native American monsters that bear more resemblance to
European vampires, please visit our
Native American vampire figures
page. Apotamkin is definitely a sea monster.
Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
Giants of the Dawnland:
A good collection of Wabanaki legends told by a Penobscot Indian author.
Excellent anthology of stories, songs, and oral history from the Maliseet and other Algonquian tribes.
When the Chenoo Howls: Native American Tales of Terror:
Collection of Native American ghost stories and monster tales told by a Native American storyteller.
The Maine Monster Parade:
Interesting book about sea serpents and other monsters of Maine history, including Penobscot and Passamaquoddy water monsters.
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