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Native American Legends: Mikumwesu
Tribal affiliation: Malécite,
Alternate spellings: Megumooweco, Mihkemwehso, Mekmues, Mikmues
Related figures in other tribes: Tshakapesh (Innu),
In some Maliseet and Passamaquoddy traditions, Mikumwesu is a monster-slaying dwarf who is the older brother of
Glooscap and the progenitor of the race of
little people known as Mikumwesuck.
Mikumwesu is heroic, good-natured, and loyal; he is noted as being an excellent shot with a bow, and like his brother,
has great magical powers.
Koluskap: Stories from Wolastoqiyik:
A Maliseet version of the Kluskap cycle that features Mikumwesu as a main character.
Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
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Classic 1914 collection of Maliseet myths about Glooscap, Mikumwesu and other legendary characters.
Giants of the Dawnland:
A good collection of Wabanaki legends told by a Penobscot Indian author.
Excellent anthology of stories, songs, and oral history from the Maliseet and other Algonquian tribes.
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