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Native Languages of the Americas:
Macushi Indian Legends, Myths, and Stories

This is our collection of links to Macushi stories and folktales that can be read online. We have indexed our Native American legends section by tribe to make them easier to locate; however, variants on the same story are often told by American Indians from different tribes, especially if those tribes are kinfolk or neighbors to each other. In particular, though these legends come from the Macushis, the traditional stories of other Caribbean tribes like the Carib and Arawak tribes are very similar.

Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Macushi legend for this page or think one of the ones on here should be removed, please contact us and let us know.

Important Macushi Mythological Figures

Makunaima (also spelled Macunaima, Makonaima, Mackonaima, and other ways): The culture hero and creator god of the Macushi tribe. His name is pronounced mah-koo-nye-mah and means "He Works By Night."

Insikiran (also known as Pia): Makunaima's younger brother.

Kanaima (also spelled Canaima, Kanaimà, or Kenaima): An evil spirit that possesses people and causes them to turn into deadly animals and/or go into a murderous rage. Assassins, or people seeking revenge for a slain relative, sometimes invited the Kanaima spirit into themselves by taking certain drugs or conducting certain magic rituals.

Macushi Indian Folklore

*Animism and Folklore of the Guiana Indians:
    Online book of Arawak, Carib, and Makusi mythology.

Recommended Books on Macushi Myth

Dark Shamans:
    Book on the violent animistic traditions of Kanaima among the Makushi and other Cariban tribes.

Additional Resources

 Macushi religion and expressive traditions
 Macushi words
 Books of American Indian legends
 Indian religions
 Brazilian tribes
 South American Indians
 Carib languages
 Native Americans website



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