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Native American Legends: Skadegamutc (Ghost-witch)

Name: Skadegamutc
Tribal affiliation: Mikmaq, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy, Abénaki
Alternate spellings: Skudakumooch', Skite'kmuj
Pronunciation: skuh-deh-guh-mooch
Also known as: Ghost-witch, Ghost witch
Type: Ghost, witch

A Skadegamutc, or ghost-witch, is an undead monster of the Wabanaki tribes. Usually a skadegamutc is said to have been created upon the death of an evil magician who refuses to stay dead, but comes to life at night to kill, eat, and throw curses at any unlucky humans who come across them. The only way to permanently kill a ghost-witch is by fire.

Ghost-Witch Stories

*The Lost Hunters:
    Maliseet Indian stories about a man killed by a skadegamutc.
*An Abenaki Witch Story:
    Abenaki Indian story about a man killed by a ghost witch.

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
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When the Chenoo Howls: Native American Tales of Terror:
    Eerie collection of stories about Native American ghosts and other monsters, told by an Abenaki storyteller.
Seven Eyes, Seven Legs:
    Good book of Native American myths and folktales told and illustrated by an Abenaki author.
Algonquian Spirit:
    Excellent anthology of stories, songs, and oral history from the Mi'kmaq and other Algonquian tribes.

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Additional Resources

 Wabanaki mythology
 Abenaki-Penobscot language
 Abenaki history
 Mi'kmaq tribe
 Maine languages
 Eastern Woodlands definition
 American Indian horror stories

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