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Native American Legends: Chahnameed (Big Eater)

Name: Chahnameed
Tribal affiliation: Mohegan, Pequot
Alternate spellings: Canamid, Tca'nami'd
Pronunciation: chah-nuh-meed
Also known as: Big Eater, Glutton
Type: Supernatural trickster

Chahnameed, or Big Eater, is a trickster character who lies, cheats, is greedy, and basically acts completely inappropriately by Mohegan-Pequot standards-- often in the most amusing possible way. Stories about Big Eater are usually humorous in nature.

Chahnameed Stories

*The Story of Chahnameed's Wife * Big Eater's Wife:
    Mohegan and Pequot legends about the marriage and death of Chahnameed.
*Chahnameed Squeezes the Stone * Chahnameed the Glutton Wins the Eating Match:
    Two Mohegan folktales about Big Eater playing tricks on people.

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
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Spirit of the New England Tribes:
    Collection of Wampanoag, Narragansett, and Mohegan legends and traditional stories, including several about Chahnameed.
Algonquian Spirit:
    Excellent anthology of stories, songs, and oral history from the Algonquian tribes.

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Additional Resources

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 Mohegan tribe
 Pequot Indians
 Connecticut Native Americans
 The Woodlands
 Algonkian people



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