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Native American Legends: Aglebemu
Tribal affiliation: Penobscot, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy
Alternate spellings: Aglabemu, Akwulabemu, Aglebemoo, Hahk-lee-be-mo, Ablegemoo, Ablegemu
Also known as: Mitche-hant, Kci Cekolhs, Kci-Coqols, Giant Frog, Monster Frog
Type: Indian monster, giant animal, frog spirit
Aglebemu was a giant lake monster of
Wabanaki legend who dammed up a great river (usually the St. John River or Penobscot River)
and caused it to run dry, resulting in a drought.
Ultimately he was defeated and turned into a bullfrog by the culture hero
Glooskap. In some anthropological
texts he is referred to as "Mitche-hant," which simply means "evil creature" and is used to refer to many
different monsters. "Kci Cekolhs" or "Kci-Coqols" literally means "giant frog."
Glooskap Fights the Water Monster:
A Passamaquoddy version of the complete Aglebemu story.
Koluscap Frees the Water:
Maliseet version of the Akwulabemu story, leaving off the monster's transformation into a frog.
Gluskabe and the Monster Frog The Monster That Swallowed The Stream:
Two Wabanaki versions of the Great Frog legend, including a coda where people transform into water animals.
Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
When the Chenoo Howls: Native American Tales of Terror:
A good collection of Native American monster stories by an Abenaki author, including a well-told Aglebemu legend.
Giants of the Dawnland:
Excellent collection of Wabanaki legends told by a Penobscot Indian author.
Seven Eyes, Seven Legs:
Another great book of myths and folktales told and illustrated by an Abenaki artist.
Rich anthology of stories, songs, and oral history from the Wabanaki and other Algonquian tribes.
Voice of the Dawn
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