Published on November 10, 2012 by Casey
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Tribal affiliation: Mi’kmaq
Alternate spellings: Apistanéwj, Apistne’wj, Abistanooj, Abistanooch, Abistanaooch
Also known as: Marten
Type: Hero, marten
Related figures in other tribes: Great Fisher (Anishinabe)
In Mi’kmaq legends, Apistanewj is the best friend and adopted brother of the Wabanaki culture hero Glooskap. Like many characters from Mi’kmaq mythology, Apistanewj shifts back and forth between human and animal form– in his case, the form of a marten, a type of weasel which was considered sacred by some Mi’kmaq bands.