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Native American Legends: Mashe-Namak (Big Sturgeon)

Name: Mashe-Namak
Tribal affiliation: Menominee
Alternate spellings: Maeci-Namaeq, Mashenomak, Mashe-nomak, Mashernomak
Pronunciation: mats-ih-nah-mack
Also known as: Big Sturgeon
Type: Lake monster, fish spirit

Mashe-Nomak is a water monster from Menominee Indian folklore, sometimes known as Big Sturgeon in English. Its name literally means Great Fish.

Mashe-Namak Stories

*Mashenomak, The Fish Monster:
    The story of how the Menominee culture hero slew a man-eating fish monster.

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends

Medicine Water: Menominee And Chippeway Indian Legends And Myths:
    Old collection of Chippewa and Menominee stories.
Algonquian Spirit:
    Excellent anthology of stories, songs, and oral history from the Menominee and related tribes.

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Additional Resources

 Dreamers With Power
 Menominee mythology
 Menomini words
 Wisconsin Native Americans
 Eastern Woodlands cultures
 Algonquian language family



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