Native American cultures
What's new on our site today!
Native American Legends: Mikew (Mikoa)
Tribal affiliation: Abanaki,
Alternate spellings: Miko, Meeko, Mikoa, Mihkoa, Mihku, Mihkuw
Mikew the squirrel is a minor character of Wabanaki folklore. According to legend, Mikew was once a
large carnivore like a wolf or bear but the culture hero,
decided he was too ferocious and dangerous
to humans and shrunk him to his current size. However, Mikew retained his ill-temper, and often is portrayed
as a busybody and troublemaker.
Klouskap and Mikew Glooscap Shrinks the Animals Gluskabe the Transformer:
Wabanaki legends about how Mikew the squirrel got his small size.
Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
Giants of the Dawnland:
Our organization earns a commission from any book bought through these links
A good collection of Wabanaki legends told by a Penobscot Indian author.
Seven Eyes, Seven Legs:
More traditional Wabanaki myths and folktales, told and illustrated by an Abenaki author.
Native American Animal Stories:
Engaging collection of American Indian tales about animals, told by Abenaki storyteller Joseph Bruchac.
Abenaki Indian tribe
New Hampshire reservations
Northeastern Native American tribes
Native Languages of the Americas website © 1998-2020 Contacts and FAQ page
Back to American folktales
Learn more about the Algonquian confederacy
Traditional Native American moccasins
Indian herbal medicine
Would you like to help support our organization's work with endangered American Indian languages?