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 let us know.
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.