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Native American Legends: Aglebemu

Name: Aglebemu
Tribal affiliation: Penobscot, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy
Alternate spellings: Aglabemu, Akwulabemu, Aglebemoo, Hahk-lee-be-mo, Ablegemoo, Ablegemu
Pronounced: ah-gluh-beh-moo
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."

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Aglebemu Stories

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
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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.
Algonquian Spirit:
    Rich anthology of stories, songs, and oral history from the Wabanaki and other Algonquian tribes.

Additional Resources

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