American Indian cultures
Native American Legends: Atwuskniges
Tribal affiliation: Maliseet, Passamaquoddy
Alternate spellings: Atwusknigess, Atuwoskonikehs, Atwusk'niges, Atwosskonikess, Al-wus-ki-ni-gess
Type: Nature spirit
An invisible forest spirit responsible for the felling of trees.
Passamaquoddy folklore about the mysterious woodsman Al-wus-ki-ni-gess.
M'Teulin, The Great Witch:
Passamaquoddy legend about a fight between two witches ended by Atwuskniges the Wood Spirit.
Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
Giants of the Dawnland:
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A good collection of Wabanaki legends told by a Penobscot Indian author.
On the Trail of Elder Brother:
More traditional Wabanaki stories told by a Mi'kmaq author and illustrator.
Excellent anthology of stories, songs, and oral history from the Maliseet and other Algonquian tribes.
Twelve Thousand Years
The Eastern Woodlands
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