Native American Little People: Nagumwasuk

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Native American Little People: Nagumwasuk

Name: Nagumwasuk

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Tribal affiliation: Passamaquoddy

Alternate spellings: Nagumwasuck, Nagumwasug

Pronunciation: nah-gum-wah-suck

Also known as: The singular form of their name is Nagumwas

Type: Native American little people

Related figures in other tribes: Geow-lud-mo-sis-eg (Maliseet), Nikommo, Paisa (Miami)

Nagumwasuk are hideously ugly sprites who live near Passamaquoddy settlements. People who laugh at nagumwasuk or are rude to them take ill and die, but they bring good fortune and supernatural assistance to those who treat them respectfully.

One of our Passamaquoddy volunteers believes that Nagumwasuck are the same creatures as the Wonakomehsok, another type of magical Wabanaki dwarves. Certainly their names sound very similar in Passamaquoddy, so the word “Nagumwasuck” could be one of many corruptions of “Wonakomehsok.” However, our other Passamaquoddy volunteers maintain that these are two different types of little people and that Nagumwasuck lived near town and frequently helped the Passamaquoddy people, whereas Wonakomehsok were wild spirits of the river that people had to take care not to disturb.

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