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Legendary Native American Figures: Mikew (Mikoa)

Name: Mikew
Tribal affiliation: Abenaki, Penobscot, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy
Alternate spellings: Miko, Meeko, Mikoa, Mihkoa, Mihku, Mihkuw
Pronunciation: mee-koo
Type: Squirrel

Mikew the squirrel is a minor character of Wabanaki folklore. According to legend, Mikew was once a large carnivore like a wolf or bear but the culture hero, Glooscap, decided he was too ferocious and dangerous to humans and shrunk him to his current size. However, Mikew retained his ill-temper, and often is portrayed as a busybody and troublemaker.

Mikew Stories

*Klouskap and Mikew * Glooscap Shrinks the Animals * Gluskabe the Transformer:
    Wabanaki legends about how Mikew the squirrel got his small size.

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends

Giants of the Dawnland:
    A good collection of Wabanaki legends told by a Penobscot Indian author.
Seven Eyes, Seven Legs:
    More traditional Wabanaki myths and folktales, told and illustrated by an Abenaki author.
Native American Animal Stories:
    Engaging collection of American Indian tales about animals, told by Abenaki storyteller Joseph Bruchac.

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Additional Resources

 Voice of the Dawn
 Abenaki language
 Abenaki words
 New Hampshire reservations
 Woodlands Native

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