Native American Giants: Moshup

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Native American Giants: Moshup

Name: Moshup

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Tribal affiliation: Wampanoag, Mohegan, Pequot

Alternate spellings: Maushop, Moshop, Maushup, Mausop, Maushope, Maushump, Moiship, Manshop

Pronunciation: moh-shup or maw-shup, depending on dialect.

Type: Culture hero, Transformer, giant, whale

Related figures in other tribes: Wetucks (Narragansett), Gluskabe (Abenaki)

Moshup is a giant who is the culture hero of the Mohegan and Wampanoag tribes (sometimes referred to as a “transformer” by folklorists.) Moshup is strongly associated with whales; in most tribal traditions he would catch whales to feed the people, and in some stories, he and/or his children eventually transform into whales themselves. Moshup has a wife named Squannit, who is a powerful medicine woman of the Little People.

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