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Native American Legends: Atwuskniges

Name: Atwuskniges
Tribal affiliation: Maliseet, Passamaquoddy
Alternate spellings: Atwusknigess, Atuwoskonikehs, Atwusk'niges, Atwosskonikess, Al-wus-ki-ni-gess
Pronunciation: ah-too-wuss-kuh-nee-gass
Type: Nature spirit

An invisible forest spirit responsible for the felling of trees.

Atwuskniges Stories

    Passamaquoddy folklore about the mysterious woodsman Al-wus-ki-ni-gess.
M'Teulin, The Great Witch:
    Passamaquoddy legend about a fight between two witches ended by Atwuskniges the Wood Spirit.

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Giants of the Dawnland:
    A good collection of Wabanaki legends told by a Penobscot Indian author.
On the Trail of Elder Brother:
    More traditional Wabanaki stories told by a Mi'kmaq author and illustrator.
Algonquian Spirit:
    Excellent anthology of stories, songs, and oral history from the Maliseet and other Algonquian tribes.

Additional Resources

 Passamaquoddy mythology
 Passamaquoddy Indians
 Maliseet Indians
 Wabanaki people
 Maine Native
 The Eastern Woodlands
 Algonquian definition

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