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Legendary Native American Figures: Culloo (Kollu)

Name: Culloo
Tribal affiliation: Maliseet, Passamaquoddy, Mikmaq
Alternate spellings: Kollu, Klu, Kulloo, Kaloo, Cullo, Cullona, Kilu, Kulu, Gulu, Gulloua
Pronunciation: kuh-loo
Type: Monster, giant bird

Culloo was a giant bird of prey, said to eat humans and be large enough to carry off a child in its talons.

Culloo Stories

*Klu Visits Turtle:
    Maliseet story in which Turtle accidentally kills the Culloo chief..
*The Merry Tales of Lox, The Mischief-Maker:
    A long Wabanaki epic about Lox the Wolverine, including a chapter about Lox's violent visit with the Culloos.

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends

Passamaquoddy Texts:
    Old book of legends about Culloo and other mythical Passamaquoddy characters.
On the Trail of Elder Brother:
    A good collection of traditional stories told by a Mi'kmaq author and illustrator.
Giants of the Dawnland:
    More good Wabanaki legends told by a Penobscot Indian author.
Algonquian Spirit:
    Excellent anthology of stories, songs, and oral history from the Mi'kmaq and other Algonquian tribes.

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Additional Resources

 We Were Not the Savages
 Mi'kmaq mythology
 Mi'kmaq words
 Maliseet words
 Nova Scotia Indians
 The Northeast Woodlands
 Algonkians
 Native American birds



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