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Legendary Native American Figures: Mikcheech

Name: Mikcheech
Tribal affiliation: Mi'kmaq, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy
Alternate spellings: Mikchich, Mikjikj, Mikcikc, Mikjij, Mikji'j, Mikchikch, Miktcitc
Pronunciation: mick-cheekch
Also known as: Glamuksus, Chick-we-notchk, Cihkonaqc, Kcihqnaqc, Kcihknac, Uncle Turtle
Type: Turtle
Related figures in other tribes: Tolba (Abenaki)

In northern Wabanaki folklore, Mikcheech is a bumbling uncle of the culture hero Gluskap. Mikcheech turns into a turtle after a series of misadventures trying to win a wife.

Mikcheech Stories

*The Changing of Mikcheech * Glooskap and Uncle Mikchich: * Kluskap and his Uncle Turtle:
    Wabanaki legends in which Mikcheech wins his wife and becomes a turtle.
*Mikcheech Marries the Chief's Daughter:
    A humorous story about Uncle Turtle's wedding.
*Turtle Gets A Whale:
    Mikcheech tries to learn how to support a family, with many mishaps.
*Klu Visits Turtle:
    Maliseet story in which Mikcheech accidentally kills the chief of the Culloos.

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends

On the Trail of Elder Brother:
    A good book of traditional stories told by a Mi'kmaq author and illustrator.
Giants of the Dawnland:
    Another good collection of Wabanaki legends, told by a Penobscot Indian author.
Algonquian Spirit:
    Excellent anthology of stories, songs, and oral history from the Mi'kmaq and other Algonquian tribes.
Native American Animal Stories:
    American Indian tales about animals, expertly told by Abenaki storyteller Joseph Bruchac.

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Additional Resources

 We Were Not the Savages
 Mikmaq language
 Mi'kmaq words
 Nova Scotia languages
 Eastern Woodlands cultures
 Algonquians



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