Legendary Native American Figures: Kuekuatsheu (Carcajou)
Name: Kuekuatsheu Tribal affiliation:Innu, James Bay Cree Alternate spellings: Carcajou, Kuekuatseu, Kwekwatshew, Kwiwha'tcu, Kwakwadje'o, Kuikuh‚ch‚u, KuÓhkw‚hch‚w Pronunciation: similar to kway-kwah-choo Type:Wolverine, Trickster Related figures:Loks
Kuekuatsheu is the Innu Wolverine, a conniving trickster character who lies, cheats, is greedy, and basically acts completely
inappropriately by Innu standards-- usually in the funniest possible way. Unlike Wolverine characters in some
Algonquian mythologies, Kuekuatsheu is not malevolent, violent, or dangerous, and Innu stories about him are usually
humorous in nature. Sometimes they involve a lot of bathroom or bedroom humor, though, so take care about sharing
them with young children! One Innu Carcajou myth which is told with more reverence is the creation of the earth, which
Kuekuatsheu accomplishes with the help of Mink (or in some communities, Muskrat.)
Wolverine Creates The World:
Collection of Innu legends and folktales from Labrador, including many Kwekwatshew tales.
Anthology of stories, songs, and oral history from the Naskapi and other Algonquian tribes.