Native American Indian Sun Spirits: Nakuset

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Native American Indian Sun Spirits: Nakuset

Name: Nakuset

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Tribal affiliation: Mikmaq

Alternate spellings: Nákúset, Na’ku’set, Naguset, Naku’set

Also known as: Niskam, Nisgam, Nishkam, Grandfather Sun

Pronunciation: Nakuset is pronounced nah-goo-set. Niskam is pronounced niss-kahm.
Type: God, sun

Related figures in other tribes: Notos (Blackfoot)

Nakuset is the Sun, who was the first being created by Kisu’lkw and the one who carried out most divine plans. He is often personified as an old man in Micmac myth, and his alternate name, Niskam, literally means “grandfather.” After the Micmacs adopted Christianity, “Niskam” began to be used as another translation for God as well.

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