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Legendary Native American Figures: Gux (Gook)

Name: Gux
Tribal affiliation: Ahtna
Alternate spellings: Gguux, Gook, Ġu∙x, Gguu
Pronunciation: similar to gookh; the "x" is pronounced similar to the "ch" in German "achtung."
Type: Monster, lake serpent
Related figures in other tribes: Gunakadeit (Tlingit)

In Alaskan Athabaskan folklore, the Gux is an underwater monster that lurks in lakes and eats people. Its name literally means "scaled one" and is also used to refer to scaly fish or chitinous insects in some tribes.

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends

In the Shadows of Mountains:
    Collection of legends from the Copper River Ahtna tribe.
Our Voices: Native Stories of Alaska and the Yukon:
    Collection of legends and oral history from the Athabaskan tribes.

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Additional Resources

 What We Leave Behind
 Ahtna monsters
 Ahtna language
 Alaska Native people
 Subarctic Native Americans
 Athabaskan languages



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