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The Apotamkin (also spelled apotampkin) is a creature in Native American mythology.[1] One interpretation of Apotamkin is that it is a myth used to instill fear into children to keep them from venturing into areas alone and without parental guidance.[2][3]

In popular culture, Apotampkin is briefly referenced in the 2008 film Twilight.

It is often called a "vampire" by non-Native Americans, especially since it was named in the above movie, but in Maliseet and Passamaquoddy legends it is unrelated to vampires. Rather, according to the mythology, it is a giant fanged sea serpent that lives in the Passamaquoddy Bay and pulls people in to eat them, particularly careless children. It is said to have long red hair, and in some versions, it was a human woman before being changed into a serpent.[4]


  1. ^ Apotamkin Native American Mythology at
  2. ^ Krensky, Stephen (2007). The Bogeyman. Lerner Publications. p. 20. ISBN 978-0-8225-6760-8. OCLC 77476563.
  3. ^ Rose, Carol (2001). Giants, Monsters, and Dragons: An Encyclopedia of Folklore, Legend, and Myth. W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN 978-0-393-32211-8. OCLC 48798119.
  4. ^ "Apotamkin, the Real Story". Native American Language Net. Retrieved 23 December 2015.