Glooskap, the creator and teacher of the Wabanaki people, is shown turning a man into a cedar tree in an etched birchbark illustration for the book Algonquin Legends of New England or Myths and Folk Lore of the Micmac, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot Tribes by Charles G. Leland (1884).

Glooskap, the creator and teacher of the Wabanaki people, is shown turning a man…

The great Earth Mother had two sons, Glooskap and Malsum. Glooskap was good, wise, and creative; Malsum was evil, selfish, and destructive. When their mother died, Glooskap went to work creating plants, animals, and humans from her body. Malsum, in contrast, made poisonous plants and snakes. As Glooskap continued to create wonderful things, Malsum grew tired of his good brother and plotted to kill him.

The great Earth Mother had two sons, Glooskap and Malsum. Glooskap was good, wise, and creative; Malsum was evil, selfish, and destructive. When their mother died, Glooskap went to work creating plants, animals, and humans from her body. Malsum, in contrast, made poisonous plants and snakes. As Glooskap continued to create wonderful things, Malsum grew tired of his good brother and plotted to kill him.

GLOOSKAP, the magic master of the Indian tribes along the Atlantic coast of Canada, had very great power for many ages. But as he grew old, his power gradually grew less. He had done in his long lifetime many great and noble deeds. He had freed his land of all the mighty monsters that had inhabited it before his coming. No evil beasts nor serpents nor dragons were now found near his home, and there were no longer cruel giants in the forest hard by. He had made his people happy.

The Passing of Glooskap from Canadian Wonder Tales by Cyrus MacMillan

"Glooscap"   Painting by noted Mi'kmaq Artist Leonard Paul

"Glooscap" Painting by noted Mi'kmaq Artist Leonard Paul

HOW GLOOSKAP OUTWITS THE ICE GIANTS AND OTHER TALES OF THE MARITIME INDIANS

HOW GLOOSKAP OUTWITS THE ICE GIANTS AND OTHER TALES OF THE MARITIME INDIANS

When the world comes to visit Nova Scotia, travelers on Highway 102 are greeted by a regal, 40-foot giant with unmistakable eagle feathers — an impressive landmark bidding their arrival into Glooscap country.

When the world comes to visit Nova Scotia, travelers on Highway 102 are greeted by a regal, giant with unmistakable eagle feathers — an impressive landmark bidding their arrival into Glooscap country.

The Creator sent a bolt of lightening across the sky that created Wskitqamu - the Earth. From that same bolt, Glooscap was created out of the dry earth. Glooscap lay on Wskitqamu, pointing his head, feet and hands to the Four Directions. Glooscap became a powerful teacher, a supernaturally strong spiritual leader (kinap) and a healer (puoin) who used his powers for the wellbeing of all.

The Creator sent a bolt of lightening across the sky that created Wskitqamu - the Earth. From that same bolt, Glooscap was created out of the dry earth. Glooscap lay on Wskitqamu, pointing his head, feet and hands to the Four Directions. Glooscap became a powerful teacher, a supernaturally strong spiritual leader (kinap) and a healer (puoin) who used his powers for the wellbeing of all.

Algonquin Deity Glooskap (The Liar) Working His Magic

Algonquin Deity Glooskap (The Liar) Working His Magic

GLOOSKAP KILLING HIS BROTHER, THE WOLF

danskjavlarna: “ “Glooskap killing his brother, the wolf.” From The Algonquin Legends of New England by Charles Godfrey Leland, ”

WHEN GLOOSCAP LEFT THE EARTH by Luke Simon, 1997

When Glooscap Left the Earth

Glooskap's Country & Other Indian Tales by Cyrus MacMillan (1957)

Glooskap's Country & Other Indian Tales by Cyrus MacMillan

How Glooskap had a great Frolic with Kitpooseagunow, a Mighty Giant who caught a Whale.

The Algonquin Legends of New England: Glooskap The Divinity: How Glooskap had a great Frolic with Kitpooseagunow, a Mighty Giant who caught a Whale

WHEN Glooskap first reigned upon the earth, what is now the Moon shone by day and what is now the Sun shone by night. Their work was exactly opposite to what it is to-day, for the present Moon was then the Sun and the present Sun was then the Moon. The Moon was then very red and bright; the Sun was pale and silvery. At that time the Sun—the present Moon—kept very irregular hours, and was very careless about his work.

The Moon and His Frog-Wife from Canadian Wonder Tales by Cyrus MacMillan

Glooscap is the Trickster/Culture Hero in the Abnaki tradition. He stands somewhere between Capt. John Smith and the Cthonic Orogeny in an American Pantheon. Like all mythic figures, he personifies inner aspects of all of us.

Glooscap is the Trickster/Culture Hero in the Abnaki tradition. He stands somewhere between Capt. John Smith and the Cthonic Orogeny in an American Pantheon. Like all mythic figures, he personifies inner aspects of all of us.

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