American Indian cultures
Native American Legends: Nakuset (Nishkam)
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.
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:
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Traditional stories told by a Mi'kmaq author and illustrator.
Legends of the Micmacs:
Classic collection of Micmac mythology and folklore.
Excellent anthology of stories, songs, and oral history from the Mi'kmaq and other Algonquian tribes.
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