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Legendary Native American Figures: Mikew (Mikoa)
Tribal affiliation: Abenaki, Penobscot, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy
Alternate spellings: Miko, Meeko, Mikoa, Mihkoa, Mihku, Mihkuw
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.
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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