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Native American Legends: Kaqtukaq
Tribal affiliation: Mi'kmaq
Alternate spellings: Gaqtugaq, Gaqtugwaq. The singular form is Kaqtukwewe'sn (Gaqtugwewe'sm, Gaqtugwewesm,
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.
Rich anthology of stories, songs, and oral history from the Mi'kmaq and other Algonquian tribes.
We Were Not the Savages
New Brunswick First Nations
Woodlands Indians culture
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