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Gluskab

by Ryan Tuccinardi
After Tabaldak created humans, the dust from his hand created Gluskab and sometimes he also created Gluskab's twin brother, Malsumis. He gave Gluskap the power to create a good world. Malsumis, on the other hand, did the opposite, and still seeks evil to this day.

Gluskab learned that hunters who kill too much would destroy the ecosystem and the good world he had sought to create. Frightened at this possibility, Gluskab sought Grandmother Woodchuck and asked her for advice. She plucked all the hairs out of her belly (Hence the lack of hair on woodchuck's belly) and wove them into a magical bag. Gluskab put all the game animals in the bag. He then bragged to Grandmother Woodchuck that the humans would never need to hunt again. Grandmother Woodchuck scolded him and told him that they would die without the animals. She said that they needed to hunt in order to remain strong. Gluskab then let the animals go.

Later, Gluskab decided to capture the great bird that Tabaldak had placed on a mountain peak, where it generated bad weather in the flapping of it's wings. Gluskab caught the eagle and bound it's wings, and the winds ceased. Soon, the air was so hot and heavy that Gluskab could not breathe, so loosened the animals wings, just enough to generate enough weather so that humanity could live.

Gluskab is also remembered for having saved the world from and evil frog-monster, who had swallowed all the earth's water. Gluskab killed the monster and the water was released. Some animals, so relieved at the resurgence of water, jumped in and became fish and other aquatic animals.

Gluskab is also believed to have brought tobacco and canoes, making him a culture hero. Modern Wabanaki believe that Gluskab is very angry at the white people for not obeying the rules he set down.


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