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.