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Program 8: People of the Dawn

Gluskap with watersnake - Origin: Stories of Maine, Sophie Swett 1899MORE CREATION STORIES

The legend of Gluskap, or culture hero of the Wabanaki people, has been passed down from older people to younger people, generation to generation, for hundreds of years. Gluskap is said to have created man and woman for each of the Wabanaki tribes. But one thing to remember in dealing with Wabanaki names and words is that the spellings and pronunciations can differ from tribe to tribe. Gluskap [GLOOS-kahb] is the Micmac spelling and pronunciation. Penobscots refer to the culture hero as Gluskabe [gloos-KAH-bee]. The Maliseet and Passamaquoddy both use Koluskap [Gloos-kahb].

From The Wabanakis of Maine and the Maritimes: A resource book about Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Maliseet, Micmac and Abenaki Indians. (1989)

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