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Native American Legends: Kaqtukaq

Name: Kaqtukaq
Tribal affiliation: Mi'kmaq
Alternate spellings: Gaqtugaq, Gaqtugwaq. The singular form is Kaqtukwewe'sn (Gaqtugwewe'sm, Gaqtugwewesm, Gaqtugawesm.)
Pronunciation: similar to kakh-too-gakh
Also known as: Bemagijik
Type: Nature spirit, thunder, lightning
Related figures in other tribes: 7 Thunders, Thunderbirds, Thunderers

The Kaqtukaq are Mi'kmaq storm spirits. They are fierce warriors and thunder is caused by the sound of their battles, while lightning flashes from their eyes. Although the Kaqtukaq are associated with birds, they usually appear in human form (generally as men with with bird's wings), and in some stories their clan intermarries with Indian people.

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends

On the Trail of Elder Brother:
    Excellent collection of traditional Glooscap stories told by a Mi'kmaq author and illustrator.
*Legends of the Micmacs * Glooscap The Great Chief:
    Classic collections of Micmac mythology and folklore.
Algonquian Spirit:
    Rich anthology of stories, songs, and oral history from the Mi'kmaq and other Algonquian tribes.

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Additional Resources

 We Were Not the Savages
 Mi'kmaq legends
 Mi'kmaq language
 Mi'kmaq words
 New Brunswick First Nations
 Woodlands Indians culture
 Algonquian languages

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