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Native American Legends: Kaqtukaq

Name: Kaqtukaq
Tribal affiliation: Mi'kmaq
Alternate spellings: Gaqtugaq, Gaqtugwaq. The singular form is Kaqtukwewe'sn (Gaqtugwewe'sm, Gaqtugwewesm, Gaqtugawesm.)
Pronunciation: similar to kakh-too-gakh
Also known as: Bemagijik
Type: Native American nature spirit, thunder, lightning
Related figures in other tribes: Seven Thunders, the Thunderbirds, Thunderers

The Kaqtukaq are Mi'kmaq storm spirits. They are fierce warriors and thunder is caused by the sound of their battles, while lightning flashes from their eyes. Although the Kaqtukaq are associated with birds, they usually appear in human form (generally as men with with bird's wings), and in some stories their clan intermarries with Indian people.

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
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On the Trail of Elder Brother:
    Excellent collection of traditional Glooscap stories told by a Mi'kmaq author and illustrator.
*Legends of the Micmacs * Glooscap The Great Chief:
    Classic collections of Micmac mythology and folklore.
Algonquian Spirit:
    Rich anthology of stories, songs, and oral history from the Mi'kmaq and other Algonquian tribes.

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