Native American Indian Animal Spirits: Michabo

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Native American Indian Animal Spirits: Michabo

Name: Michabo

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Also spelled: Mishàḅz, Michabou, Michabous, Michaboo, Mishabo, Michebo, Messou, Missabos, Misabos, Missiwabun, Messon

Tribal affiliation: Algonquin, Menominee

Pronunciation: In Algonquin, the name is pronounced mih-shah-boze. The Anglicized version is usually pronounced mih-chah-bo.

Also known as: Great Hare, Michabo Ovisaketchak

Type: Culture hero, rabbit

In Algonquin mythology, Michabo is another aspect of the culture hero Nanabozho. Nanabozho is associated with rabbits in all the Anishinabe cultures (having first appeared to his grandmother in the form of a rabbit), but in Algonquin legends– especially in folktales and children’s stories– he often goes off on adventures in the actual form of a rabbit, known by the name “Michabo” (which comes from the Algonquin word for “Great Rabbit.”) In some Algonquin communities, the name “Michabo” is used interchangeably with “Nanabozho” even when the demigod is in human form.

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