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Native American Legends: Lumpeguin (Lampeqin)

Name: Lumpeguin
Tribal affiliation: Malecite, Passamaquoddy
Alternate spellings: Lampeqin, Lampekwin, Lampeqinusqehs, Lumpegwen, Lampekwinoskwesis, Lumpagonosis, Lumpegwinosis, Alambegwiinosiis
Pronunciation: lam-peh-gwinn
Also known as: The plural form of their name is Lampeqinuwok, Lumpeqinuwok, Lam-peg-win-wuk, Lampekwin'wuk, Lampekwinoskwiyik, Lumpegwenosi'suk, Lumpegwenosisuk, Alambaguenosisak, etc.
Type: Little people, mermaids, nature spirits
Related figures in other tribes: Sabawaelnu (Mi'kmaq), Nibinabe (Ojibway)

Lumpeguins are water sprites or little mermaids of Wabanaki mythology. In some stories lumpeguins have humanoid form, while in others, they have fish tails. As with many nature spirits in Native American folklore, a lumpeguin falls under the power of anybody who steals his or her magical garments, and in some legends lumpeguin women are claimed as wives by people (or animals) who capture their clothing. Lumpeguins are often said to be able to create food, either turning a morsel of food into a large feast, baking bread from snow, or using a magical pot to produce an infinite amount of food.

Lumpeguin Stories

*The Adventures of Two Water Fairies Who Were Also Weasels:
    Passamaquoddy legend about two lumpeguin girls captured as wives by Marten, and their subsequent travels.
    (This is a combination of two versions of the legend, one Passamaquoddy and one Micmac; in the Passamaquoddy
    version the heroines are lumpeguin or water-sprites, while in the Micmac version, they are weasels.)

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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