Legendary Native American Figures: Tshakapesh (Chakabesh)
Name: Tshakapesh Tribal affiliation:Cree, Innu, Ojibwa, Atikamekw Alternate spellings: Chakapesh, Chakapish, Chikapash, Chaakaapaas, Tcikapis, Shikabish, Tsukabec, Tshakabesh, Djakabish,
Tsuabec, Tcakabec, Tchakabech, Tcakapas, Tsja'bec, Tcika'pis, Cha-ka-bes, Sheecabish, Tcikabis, Chikabis, Tcikapec, Tcakabesh,
Tcakapas, Tchakabech, Djakabish, Djokabesh, Chahkabesh, Cahkapes, Cahkâpêsh, Jakabich, Chaakapesh, Tcakabish Pronunciation: Varies by dialect: usually similar to chuh-kah-pesh Also known as: Man in the Moon Type:Little person, hero,
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Tshakapesh is a folk hero of Cree and Innu folklore. He is often referred to as the Man in the Moon in English, since the myth
cycle about Tshakapesh usually ends with the hero travelling to the moon and living there.
Tshakapesh is usually depicted as a dwarf or a young boy who never reaches full size, yet he has immense strength and
can shoot his bow farther than the largest of men. Tshakapesh also has magical powers which allow him to face and
defeat many fearsome monsters. In some stories Tshakapesh acts in a rash or foolish way, often ignoring the
advice of his wise and cautious older sister and ending up in a jam because of it. But Tshakapesh is
always brave and good-hearted and never stays in trouble for long.