Published on November 15, 2012 by Casey
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Tribal affiliation: Mi’kmaq, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy
Alternate spellings: Kwemoo, Kweemoo, Kwe-moo, Qimu, Oqim, Kwinu, Paqueem
Related figures in other tribes: Medawisla (Abenaki)
In Wabanaki folklore, the loon plays the role of messenger and loyal friend of the culture hero Glooscap. Kwimu is something of a spy (always observing the people and reporting his findings to Glooscap,) but since Glooscap is such a benevolent figure, Kwimu is viewed positively nonetheless. The loud, eerie cries of the loon were often said to be reports to Glooscap about the activities of men. In some Maliseet stories, they are instead said to be the loon’s laments that his friend and master has left the world.