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Native American Legends: Kiwolatomuhsisok

Name: Kiwolatomuhsisok
Tribal affiliation: Maliseet
Alternate spellings: Kiwalatamosisuk, Geow-lud-mo-sis-eg, Kiwolatomuhsok, Kiwalatamo'si'uk, Giewludmooseeug, Giewludmooseeesug, Keou-lu-moosis-uk
Pronunciation: gee-wuh-lah-duh-moo-sis-uck
Also known as: The singular form of their name is Kiwolatomuhsis, Kiwolatomuhs, etc.
Type: American Indian little people
Related figures in other tribes: Nagumwasuk (Passamaquoddy)

Kiwolatomuhsisok are sprites who live in Maliseet villages or nearby. They can be mischievous, but unlike some little people of Native American folklore, their tricks are never dangerous or destructive-- usually they just rearrange things, tie knots in them, or leave little braids in hair or clothing. They are friendly to people and sometimes help with household chores if gifts are left for them or kindness is shown to their children. According to some stories, the kiwolatomuhsisok are able to foretell the future.

Kiwolatomuhsisok Stories

The Little People:
    Maliseet folk stories about the Giewludmooseeug.
    Tales of the Maliseet "little people."

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
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Giants of the Dawnland:
    A good collection of Wabanaki legends told by a Penobscot Indian author.
Algonquian Spirit:
    Excellent anthology of stories, songs, and oral history from the Maliseet and other Algonquian tribes.
The Deetkatoo:
    Traditional tales about little people from the Maliseet, Passamaquoddy, and other Native American tribes.

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 Maliseet translation
 Natives of Maine
 Eastern Woodland tribes
 Algic tribe

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