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Legendary Native American Figures: Nakuset (Nishkam)

Name: Nakuset
Tribal affiliation: Mikmaq
Alternate spellings: Nákúset, Na'ku'set, Naguset, Naku'set
Also known as: Niskam, Nisgam, Nishkam, Grandfather Sun
Pronunciation: Nakuset is pronounced nah-goo-set. Niskam is pronounced niss-kahm.
Type: God, sun
Related figures in other tribes: Notos (Blackfoot)

In Mi'kmaq mythology, Nákúset, the Sun, was the first being created by the Creator god Kisu'lkw. After this initial creation, Nakuset was the spirit who carried out most divine plans. He is often personified as an old man in Micmac myth, and his alternate name, Niskam, literally means "grandfather." After the Micmacs adopted Christianity, "Nishkam" began to be used as another translation for God as well.

Nakuset Stories

*Nukumi and Fire:
    A Mi'kmaq story about Niskam, the sun, creating Glooscap's grandmother from a stone and making the first fire.
*Mi'kmaw Creation Story * Micmac Creation Myth * Niskam and the Mi'gmaq World * Mi'kmaq Creation:
    Myths about the creation of the world by Kisulkw and Nakuset.
*Mi'kmaq Flood Myth:
    Micmac legend about Nakuset creating human beings and flooding of the earth.

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends

On the Trail of Elder Brother:
    Traditional stories told by a Mi'kmaq author and illustrator.
Legends of the Micmacs:
    Classic collection of Micmac mythology and folklore.
Algonquian Spirit:
    Excellent anthology of stories, songs, and oral history from the Mi'kmaq and other Algonquian tribes.

Additional Resources

 Mi'kmaq mythology
 Mikmaq language
 Mi'kmaq words
 Languages of Nova Scotia
 Woodland Native
 Algonquian



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