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Native American Legends: Grandmother Woodchuck
Name: Grandmother Woodchuck
Tribal affiliation: Abenaki,
Names in Native Languages: Nokemes Agaskw (in Abenaki-Penobscot), Nuhkomoss Munimqehs (in Maliseet-Passamaquoddy)
Pronunciation: noh-kuh-muss ah-gah-skw or noo-kuh-muss moo-nim-kwass
Type: Wise woman,
Related figures in other tribes: Nogami (Mi'kmaq),
Grandmother Woodchuck is the wise old grandmother of the Wabanaki culture hero
In some legends she is said to have raised the hero after his mother's death in childbirth, but in most traditions, she was created separately by
the Creator and adopted Glooskap as her grandson to give him guidance.
Grandmother Woodchuck Stories
Article about the role of Agaskw the Woodchuck Grandmother in Wabanaki mythology.
Gluscabi and the Wind Eagle How Glooskap Stole Tobacco:
Stories about the Wabanaki culture hero Glooskap and his wise grandmother Woodchuck.
On the Trail of Elder Brother:
Good book of stories about Glooskap and his grandmother told by a Mi'kmaq author and illustrator.
Gluskabe and the Four Wishes:
Children's picture book illustrating a traditional Gluskabe legend.
Audio tape of Gluskap legends told by Abenaki storyteller Joseph Bruchac.
Excellent anthology of stories, songs, and oral history from the Maliseet and other Algonquian tribes.
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