Legendary Native American Figures: Tolba (Dolba, Doleba)
Name: Tolba Tribal affiliation:Abenaki Alternate spellings: Doleba, Dolba, Tôlba, Tôba Pronunciation: tawl-buh Also known as: Plawinno (one who waits) Type:Turtle
Tolba the turtle is one of the main characters of Abenaki creation mythology.
Tolba and Moskwas the muskrat were the two animals responsible for the creation of the earth,
as Moskwas successfully dived to the bottom of the ocean to bring up mud and Tolba volunteered
to carry the new land on his back. This myth is not told in the other Wabanaki tribes and may have been
borrowed from neighboring cultures where it is more common, such as the Ojibwe or Iroquois tribes.