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Legendary Native American Figures: Pulowech (Plawej)

Name: Pulowech
Tribal affiliation: Mi'kmaq
Alternate spellings: Pulawej, Plawej, Pilawej, Pulowwech, Blawech
Pronunciation: puh-lah-wetch
Type: Hero, partridge

Pulowech is a hero of Micmac folklore. His name is usually translated as Partridge in English (our Mi'kmaq volunteer says the name literally means "ruffed grouse"), and he is identified as a bird warrior in many stories (his family members also have the names of birds). However, like many animal heroes of Woodlands Indian mythology, Pulowech is usually described as having the form of a human man during his adventures. Pulowech was probably originally a clan hero of the Mi'kmaq Bird or Feather clans.

Pulowech Stories

*The Adventures of the Great Hero Pulowech * Robbery And Murder Revenged:
    Two versions of the Mi'kmaq epic in which Pulowech tracks down and kills his wife's murderers.

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends

On the Trail of Elder Brother:
    Good book of traditional stories told by a Mi'kmaq author and illustrator.
Giants of the Dawnland:
    Another good collection of 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.
Native American Animal Stories:
    Engaging collection of American Indian tales about animals, told by Abenaki storyteller Joseph Bruchac.

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