Native American Indian Sun Spirits: Nakuset
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.