Native American Indian Animal Spirits: Moskwas

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Moskwas
Moskwas

Native American Indian Animal Spirits: Moskwas

Name: Moskwas

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Tribal affiliation: Abenaki

Alternate spellings: Moskuas, Muskuas, Musquash, Moskwaso, Moos-kwa-suh

Pronunciation: mos-kwuss

Type: Muskrat, Earthdiver

Moskwas the muskrat is one of the main characters of Abenaki creation mythology. Moskwas and Tolba the turtle were the two animals responsible for the creation of the earth, as Moskwas successfully dived to the bottom of the ocean to bring up mud and Tolba volunteered to carry the new land on his back. This myth is not told in the other Wabanaki tribes and may have been borrowed from neighboring cultures where it is more common, such as the Ojibwe or Iroquois tribes.

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