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Legendary Native American Figures: Weewillmekq
Tribal affiliation: Maliseet, Passamaquoddy
Alternate spellings: Wiwilomeq, Wiwilmekw, Wiwilmeku, Weewilmekq, Wiwillmekq', Wiwilameq, Wiwilemekw, Wiwila'mecq, Wewillemuck,
Wiwiliamecq', Wiwil'mekq, Wiwilmeku, Wee-Will-l'mick, Wee-wil-li-ah-mek, Wee-wil-'l-mekqu'
Type: Lake monster, serpent
Related figures in other tribes: Axxea (Cheyenne), Apotamkin (Passamaquoddy)
Although this monster features in several Wabanaki tales, little information about it has survived. It was certainly a water monster, but is variously
described as resembling a giant snail, leech or slug, worm, or alligator. Some Wabanaki people believe Weewillmekq was actually the same creature as
Kci Athusoss, but in other legends the two monsters were said to fight
The Magic of the Weewillmekq' The Dance of Old Age:
Stories about the magic healing powers of the horns of the Wiwilomeq.
How a Woman Lost a Gun for Fear of the Weewillmekq':
19th-century story about a boastful woman who was not as brave as she claimed to be.
Jipijka'm and Weewillmekq':
Tales about the Mi'kmaq and Maliseet horned serpents.
Weewilmekq and Kitchi-at'Husis:
Story of a fight between two Wabanaki water monsters.
Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
Giants of the Dawnland:
Good collection of Wabanaki legends told by a Penobscot Indian author.
On the Trail of Elder Brother:
Another good book of traditional stories told by a Mi'kmaq author and illustrator.
Excellent anthology of stories, songs, and oral history from the Maliseet and other Algonquian tribes.
When the Chenoo Howls: Native American Tales of Terror:
Eerie collection of Native American ghost stories and monster tales.
Twelve Thousand Years
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