Native American Indian Animal Spirits: Mikcheech

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Native American Indian Animal Spirits: Mikcheech

Name: Mikcheech

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Tribal affiliation: Mi’kmaq, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy

Alternate spellings: Mikchich, Mikjikj, Mikcikc, Mikjij, Mikji’j, Mikchikch, Miktcitc

Pronunciation: mick-cheekch

Also known as: Glamuksus, Chick-we-notchk, Cihkonaqc, Kcihqnaqc, Kcihknac, Uncle Turtle

Type: Turtle

Related figures in other tribes: Tolba (Abenaki)

In northern Wabanaki folklore, Mikcheech is a bumbling uncle of the culture hero Gluskap. Mikcheech turns into a turtle after a series of misadventures trying to win a wife. His name is pronounced similar to mick-cheech

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