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Legendary Native American Figures: Mukat (Mokat)
Tribal affiliation: Cahuilla, Cupeno
Alternate spellings: Mokat, Mukot, Mokut, Mo-Cot
Pronunciation: mook-ott. The first syllable rhymes with "book."
Type: Creator deity, high god
Related figures in other tribes: Sipa (Cocopa)
Mukat was the Cahuilla creator god. Unlike Native cultures in the rest of North America, the Cahuilla and other
Sonoran tribes of southeast California and southwestern Arizona did not consider their Creator to be
a benevolent spirit or a friend to humankind-- he was capricious and dangerous, made the life of the
ancients miserable, drove away their protector Menily,
and was eventually slain by his own creations after teaching them warfare.
Cahuilla Creation Myth:
The story of Mo-Cot and the creation and education of humans.
Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
The Heart Is Fire: The World of the Cahuilla Indians of Southern California:
Book of oral history and traditional stories told by five Cahuilla elders.
Not for Innocent Ears
Southern California Native American
Southwest Native American tribes
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