Native American Indian Animal Spirits: Apistanewj

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Native American Indian Animal Spirits: Apistanewj

Name: Apistanewj

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Tribal affiliation: Mi’kmaq

Alternate spellings: Apistanéwj, Apistne’wj, Abistanooj, Abistanooch, Abistanaooch

Pronunciation: ah-bist-ah-nayo-ch

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.

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