Native American Indian Animal Spirits: Kuekuatsheu

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Native American Indian Animal Spirits: Kuekuatsheu

Name: Kuekuatsheu

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Tribal affiliation: Innu, James Bay Cree

Alternate spellings: Carcajou, Kuekuatseu, Kwekwatshew, Kwiwha’tcu, Kwakwadje’o, Kuikuhâchâu

Pronunciation: similar to kway-kwah-choo

Type: Wolverine, Trickster

Related figures: Loks

Kuekuatsheu is the Innu Wolverine, a conniving trickster character who lies, cheats, is greedy, and basically acts completely inappropriately by Innu standards– usually in the funniest possible way. Unlike Wolverine characters in some Algonquian mythologies, Kuekuatsheu is not malevolent, violent, or dangerous, and Innu stories about him are usually humorous in nature. Sometimes they involve a lot of bathroom or bedroom humor, though, so take care about sharing them with young children! One Innu Wolverine myth which is told with more reverence is the creation of the earth, which Kuekuatsheu accomplishes with the help of Mink (or in some communities, Muskrat.)

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