Legendary Native American Figures: Gitaskog (Tatoskok)
Name: Gitaskog Tribal affiliation:Abenaki, Penobscot Alternate spellings: Gtaskog, Kitaskog, Kita-skog, Keeta-skog, Gitaskog, Giciskog, Gichi-skog, Gitaskogak (plural form) Pronunciation: gee-tah-skog Also known as: Msaskog, Msa-skog, Tatoskog, Tatoskok, Pita-skog, Peeta-skog, Peetaskog Type:Lake monster, serpent Related figures in other tribes:Kci-Athussos (Maliseet),
Jipijka'm (Micmac), Kichiginebig (Anishinabe), Maneto (Fox)
Gitaskog or Tatoskok is an underwater horned serpent,
common to the legends of most Algonquian tribes. Gitaskog is said to lurk in lakes and eat humans.
All of its names are variants on the meaning "great serpent" or "big serpent."
Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
Giants of the Dawnland:
A good collection of Wabanaki legends told by a Penobscot Indian author.
Seven Eyes, Seven Legs:
Another good book of traditional myths and folktales, told and illustrated by an Abenaki author.
The Maine Monster Parade:
Interesting book about sea serpents and other monsters throughout Maine history, including Penobscot and Passamaquoddy water monsters.