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Legendary Native American Figures: Nagumwasuk (Nagumwasuck)
Tribal affiliation: Passamaquoddy
Alternate spellings: Nagumwasuck, Nagumwasug
Also known as: The singular form of their name is Nagumwas
Type: Native American little people
Related figures in other tribes: Geow-lud-mo-sis-eg (Maliseet), Nikommo, Paisa (Miami)
Nagumwasuk are hideously ugly sprites who live near Passamaquoddy settlements. People who laugh at
nagumwasuk or are rude to them take ill and die, but they bring good fortune and supernatural assistance
to those who treat them respectfully.
One of our Passamaquoddy volunteers believes that Nagumwasuck are the same creatures as
the Wonakomehsok, another
type of magical Wabanaki dwarves. Certainly their names sound very similar in Passamaquoddy,
so the word "Nagumwasuck" could be one of many corruptions of "Wonakomehsok."
However, our other Passamaquoddy volunteers maintain that these are two different types of little people
and that Nagumwasuck lived near town and frequently helped the Passamaquoddy people, whereas
Wonakomehsok were wild spirits of the river that people had to take care not to disturb.
Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
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.
Traditional tales about little people from the Maliseet, Passamaquoddy, and other Native American tribes.
Twelve Thousand Years
Languages of Maine
The Woodlands Indians
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