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Native American Legends: Maxa'xâk

Name: Maxa'xâk
Tribal affiliation: Lenape
Alternate spellings: Mëxaxkuk, Maxaxak, Maxa'xak, W'axkook
Pronunciation: muh-khakh-kook
Also known as: Great Serpent
Type: Lake monsters, serpents
Related figures in other tribes: Mishi-Ginebig (Anishinabe), Unktehila (Sioux), Apotamkin (Maliseet)

Maxa'xâk is an underwater horned serpent, common to the legends of most Algonquian tribes. It is said to lurk in lakes and eat humans. Its name literally means "great snake" in the Lenape language.

Maxa'xâk Stories

*Grandfather Thunder:
    Lenape myth about the Thunder People protecting the Earth from Maxa'xâk.
*The Lenapé Beginning:
    Maxa'xâk's role in the Lenape creation myth.

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
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Mythology of the Lenape:
    Book of Lenape legends and traditional stories including some about the Great Serpent.
Legends of the Delawares:
    Collection of Delaware Indian folktales including four in Lenape (with English translation.)
The White Deer:
    Collection of Lenape and Munsee Delaware folktales.
Algonquian Spirit:
    Excellent anthology of stories, songs, and oral history from the Lenape and other Algonquian tribes.

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