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Legendary Native American Figures: Kinap (Kenap)

Name: Kinap
Tribal affiliation: Mikmaq
Alternate spellings: Kenap, Ginap, Genub
Pronunciation: kih-nopp
Also known as: The feminine form is Kinapskw or Ginabeskw.
Type: Hero

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.
Algonquian Spirit:
    Excellent 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 mythology
 Mikmaq language
 Mi'kmaq culture
 Language in Nova Scotia
 Woodland Native American
 Algonquian language



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