Native American Legends: Mikcheech
Tribal affiliation: Mi'kmaq,
Alternate spellings: Mikchich, Mikjikj, Mikcikc, Mikjij, Mikji'j, Mikchikch, Miktcitc
Also known as: Glamuksus, Chick-we-notchk, Cihkonaqc, Kcihqnaqc, Kcihknac, Uncle Turtle
Related figures in other tribes: Dolba (Abenaki)
In northern Wabanaki folklore, Mikcheech is a bumbling uncle of the culture hero
Gluskap. Mikcheech turns
into a turtle after a series of misadventures trying to win a wife.
The Changing of Mikcheech Glooskap and Uncle Mikchich: Kluskap and his Uncle Turtle:
Wabanaki legends in which Mikcheech wins his wife and becomes a turtle.
Mikcheech Marries the Chief's Daughter:
A humorous story about Uncle Turtle's wedding.
Turtle Gets A Whale:
Mikcheech tries to learn how to support a family, with many mishaps.
Klu Visits Turtle:
Maliseet story in which Mikcheech accidentally kills the chief of the Culloos.
Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
On the Trail of Elder Brother:
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A good book of traditional stories told by a Mi'kmaq author and illustrator.
Giants of the Dawnland:
Another good collection of Wabanaki legends, told by a Penobscot Indian author.
Excellent anthology of stories, songs, and oral history from the Mi'kmaq and other Algonquian tribes.
Native American Animal Stories:
American Indian tales about animals, expertly told by Abenaki storyteller Joseph Bruchac.
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