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Macushi Indian Legends, Myths, and Stories (Makushi)
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 Indians are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Macushi legend for this page, please let us know.
Macunaima (also spelled Makunaima, 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.
Canaima (also spelled Kanaima, 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 Canaima spirit into themselves by
taking certain drugs or conducting certain magic rituals.
Animism and Folklore of the Guiana Indians:
Online book of Arawak, Carib, and Makusi mythology.
Recommended Books on Macushi Myth
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Book on the violent animistic traditions of Kanaima among the Makushi and other Cariban tribes.
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