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Legendary Native American Figures: Maxa'xk

Name: Maxa'xk
Tribal affiliation: Lenape
Alternate spellings: Mxaxkuk, Maxaxak, Maxa'xak, W'axkook
Pronunciation: muh-khakh-kook
Also known as: Great Serpent
Type: Lake monster, serpent
Related figures in other tribes: Mishi-Ginebig (Anishinabe), Uncegila (Sioux), Apotamkin (Maliseet)

Maxa'xk 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'xk Stories

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

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends

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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Additional Resources

 The Delaware Tribe: A History
 Lenape Indian legends
 Lenape words
 Lenape information
 New Jersey Indians
 Eastern Woodlands culture group
 Algonquian language family



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