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Legendary Native American Figures: Bootup (Putup)

Name: Bootup
Tribal affiliation: Abenaki, Penobscot, Mi'kmaq, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy
Alternate spellings: Putup, Podab, Podoba, Putep
Pronunciation: Boo-dup
Type: Whale

Bootup the whale is a minor character of Wabanaki folklore associated with the culture hero Glooskap, who often rides on Bootup's back when traveling by sea (illustrating Glooskap's giant stature.) In some stories Glooskap repays Bootup's service by giving the whale his pipe, which is the origin of the spray that comes from the blowholes of whales. Bootup is male in some legends, female in others, and has unspecified gender most of the time.

Bootup Stories

*How Glooscap Found Summer: * Glooscap and the Wizard:
    Wabanaki Indian stories in which the culture hero tricks Bootup, then repays the whale with a pipe to smoke.

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends

Giants of the Dawnland:
    A good collection of Wabanaki Indian legends told by a Penobscot author.
Seven Eyes, Seven Legs:
    More good Wabanaki myths and folktales told and illustrated by an Abenaki Indian author.
Native American Animal Stories:
    Excellent collection of American Indian tales about animals, told by an Abenaki storyteller.

Additional Resources

 Abenaki language
 Abenaki words
 Indian tribes of New Hampshire
 The Eastern Woodlands of America
 Algonquians



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