Published on November 11, 2012 by Casey
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Tribal affiliation: Mi’kmaq, Penobscot
Alternate spellings: Aplíkmuj, Aplikmuj, Apli’kmuj
Also known as: Rabbit
Type: Trickster, rabbit spirit
Related figures in other tribes: Mahtigwess (Passamaquoddy)
Ableegumooch is a light-hearted trickster animal of Mi’kmaq folktales. He usually appears in the literal form of a rabbit and spends his time tricking, robbing, and deceiving the other animals of the forest, especially his trickster rival Keoonik. Like modern cartoon characters, they sometimes kill themselves or each other with their tricks and then randomly return to life. Ableegumooch is the main character of many stories aimed at children. He often behaves foolishly or causes trouble for others, but unlike animal tricksters in some other tribes, is not dangerous or malevolent, and is often said to be a friend of Glooskap. Ableegumooch and Keoonik are popular characters with storytellers and stories about the two of them have also been borrowed into the folklore of neighboring tribes such as the Maliseet and Penobscot.