Published on November 9, 2012 by Casey
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Tribal affiliation: Mohegan, Pequot
Alternate spellings: Makiawisag, Makia’wisag, Makiaweesug, Muhkeahweesug, Meukyaweesug. These are plural nouns referring to the race of little people; singular forms referring to one such creature are Makiawis, Ma’kawis, Makkis, Makki’s, M8k8wis.
Pronunciation: varies by dialect, but usually muh-kee-ah-wee-sug.
Type: Indian little people, forest spirits
Related figures in other tribes: Mikumwess (Wabanaki), Memegwesi (Anishinabe), Puckwudgie (Algonquian)
Makiawisug are the Little People of the Mohegan and Pequot tribes. They can be dangerous if they are disrespected but are generally benevolent nature spirits. Makiawisug are usually described as knee-height (around two feet tall.) Their name derives from the Mohegan-Pequot word for the whippoorwill bird, with which they are associated. Makiawisug are said to carve symbols on rocks and have magical powers including the ability to make themselves invisible. Their leader, Granny Squant, is a powerful magician married to the culture hero Maushop.