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Legendary Native American Figures: Crazy Jack (Little Jack)

Name: Crazy Jack
Tribal affiliation: Lenape, Shawnee
Also known as: Wehixamukes, Kupahweese, Cheekiitha, Chekitha, Little Jack, Crazy-Jack
Type: Trickster

Crazy Jack is a human trickster figure, notable for foolishness and laziness, but usually escaping serious peril through moments of intuitive wisdom and good luck.

Crazy Jack Stories

*Jack (Wehixamukes) Puts His Nose to the Ground:
    Unami Delaware legend about Crazy Jack humorously misunderstanding hunting instructions.
*One Wehixamukès Story: * Another Wehixamukès Story:
    Legends in the Lenape language about Crazy Jack failing to follow directions.

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends

Legends of the Delawares:
    Collection of Delaware Indian folktales including four in Lenape (with English translation.)
Mythology of the Lenape:
    An overview of the Lenape worldview and belief system including several legends and traditional stories.
Algonquian Spirit:
    Excellent anthology of stories, songs, and oral history from the Delaware and other Algonquian tribes.

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Additional Resources

 The Delaware Tribe: A History
 Delaware stories
 Lenape words
 New Jersey Indians
 East Woodland languages
 Algonquian peoples



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