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Legendary Native American Figures: Mikumwesu

Name: Mikumwesu
Tribal affiliation: Maliseet, Passamaquoddy
Alternate spellings: Megumooweco, Mihkemwehso, Mekmues, Mikmues
Pronunciation: mee-kum-wess-oo
Type: Hero, little person
Related figures in other tribes: Tshakapesh (Innu), Paisake (Fox)

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.

Mikumwesu Stories

*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

Malecite Tales:
    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.
Algonquian Spirit:
    Excellent anthology of stories, songs, and oral history from the Maliseet and other Algonquian tribes.

Additional Resources

 Twelve Thousand Years
 Maliseet words
 Nova Scotia tribes
 Woodlands Indians

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