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Native American Legends: Aglebemu
Tribal affiliation: Penobscot,
Alternate spellings: Aglabemu, Akwulabemu, Aglebemoo, Hahk-lee-be-mo, Ablegemoo, Ablegemu
Also known as: Mitche-hant, Kci Cekolhs, Kci-Coqols, Giant Frog, Monster Frog
Type: Indian monster,
Aglebemu was a giant lake monster of
Wabanaki legend who dammed up a great river (usually the St. John River or Penobscot River)
and caused it to run dry, resulting in a drought.
Ultimately he was defeated and turned into a bullfrog by the culture hero
Glooskap. In some anthropological
texts he is referred to as "Mitche-hant," which simply means "evil creature" and is used to refer to many
different monsters. "Kci Cekolhs" or "Kci-Coqols" literally means "giant frog."
Glooskap Fights the Water Monster:
A Passamaquoddy version of the complete Aglebemu story.
Koluscap Frees the Water:
Maliseet version of the Akwulabemu story, leaving off the monster's transformation into a frog.
Gluskabe and the Monster Frog The Monster That Swallowed The Stream:
Two Wabanaki versions of the Great Frog legend, including a coda where people transform into water animals.
Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
When the Chenoo Howls: Native American Tales of Terror:
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A good collection of Native American monster stories by an Abenaki author, including a well-told Aglebemu legend.
Giants of the Dawnland:
Excellent collection of Wabanaki legends told by a Penobscot Indian author.
Seven Eyes, Seven Legs:
Another great book of myths and folktales told and illustrated by an Abenaki artist.
Rich anthology of stories, songs, and oral history from the Wabanaki and other Algonquian tribes.
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