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Legendary Native American Figures: Mikumwess (Mikm)
Tribal affiliation: Maliseet, Passamaquoddy,
Alternate spellings: Mikamwes, Mikumwes, Mikum-wasus, Mikumwasus, Mikomwasos,
Mihkomuwehs, Mihkomuwehsis, Migamawesu, Míkm, Mikmuwessu, Mi'kmuesu, Mikumwees, Megumooweso,
Megumoowesoo, Megumawessos, Mikumwessos, Mik'am, Mukmues, Mickamwes, Mikumwes, Mickemnise
Pronunciation: mee-kum-wess or mee-kum-oo-wess
Also known as: The plural form of their name is Mikumwesuk, Mihkomuwehsok, Mikumwessuk,
Mekumwasuck, Mekumwasuk, Mihkomuwehsisok, Meckumasuck, Míkmwesúk, Mekemwasuk, Mikumweswak, etc.
Type: Little people, nature spirits
Related figures in other tribes: Bagwajinini (Anishinabe), Makiaweesug (Mohegan), Paissa (Miami)
Mikumwesuk are little people like sprites or dwarves, said to be about as tall as a man's waist.
They are generally benevolent forest spirits
but can be dangerous if they are disrespected.
Some Maliseet traditions provide the Mikumwesuk with an origin story: they are the descendants of a tiny hero called
Mikumwesu, who was the brother and companion
of the culture hero Glooskap.
How Glooskap made a Magician of a Young Man:
In this Micmac story, Glooskap turns a man into a Mikumwes.
The Mournful Mystery of the Partridge-Witch:
Penobscot story of a young man who fell in love with a Mikumwess girl and died when he had to marry another.
Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
Giants of the Dawnland:
A good collection of Wabanaki legends told by a Penobscot Indian author.
On the Trail of Elder Brother:
More traditional Wabanaki stories, told by a Mi'kmaq author and illustrator.
Excellent anthology of stories, songs, and oral history from the Mi'kmaq and other Algonquian tribes.
Traditional tales about little people from the Maliseet, Passamaquoddy, and other Native American tribes.
We Were Not the Savages
New Brunswick language
Eastern Woodlands culture
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