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Legendary Native American Figures: Kinap (Kenap)
Tribal affiliation: Mikmaq
Alternate spellings: Kenap, Ginap, Genub
Also known as: The feminine form is Kinapskw or Ginabeskw.
In Mi'kmaq folklore, a Kinap is a mortal human gifted with uncanny physical strength and other powers.
In many legends, a Kinap's power manifests as a child, and he either becomes a child-hero
or dies young by using too much of his strength too early. In other legends, an adult Kinap
features as a mortal hero slaying a terrible monster or leading the other Micmac men into battle.
Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
On the Trail of Elder Brother:
Good book of traditional stories told by a Mi'kmaq author and illustrator.
Giants of the Dawnland:
Another good collection of Wabanaki legends, told by a Penobscot Indian author.
Excellent anthology of stories, songs, and oral history from the Mi'kmaq and other Algonquian tribes.
We Were Not the Savages
Language in Nova Scotia
Woodland Native American
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