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Native American Legends: Gwelab'hot (Turn Over)

Name: Gwelab'hot
Tribal affiliation: Wabanaki
Alternate spellings: Gwelahb'hot, Gwelhb'hot, Gwelebat, Gwelebato, Kelphit, Koolpejot, Gulbajut, Kulpajut, Kulpujot, Cool-puj-ot, Kjoolput
Pronunciation: Varies by language. In Penobscot, his name is pronounced gwuh-luh-bott.
Also known as: Turn Over, Father of Medicine
Type: Nature spirit, herbs

Gwelab'hot was a medicine child born to a Wabanaki maiden after she swallowed a magical root. His Penobscot name means "Turn Over," and he is sometimes known by this English name, or as Father of Medicine. He cured the sick and taught the people the secrets of herbalism. In the Mi'kmaq tribe, Turn Over is also associated with the changing of the seasons.

Gwelab'hot Stories

*Arrowhead Finger:
    Penobscot story of Gwelab'hot and his mother.
*Origin of the Medicine Man:
    Passamaquoddy legends about Turn Over.

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
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Giants of the Dawnland:
    A good collection of Wabanaki legends told by a Penobscot Indian author.
Seven Eyes, Seven Legs:
    Another good book of myths and folktales, told and illustrated by an Abenaki author.
Turtle Island: Tales of the Algonquian Nations:
    Anthology of legends from the Penobscot and other Algonquian tribes.

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Additional Resources

 Mi'kmaq legends
 Micmac language
 Micmac Indians
 Wabanaki
 Indian tribes in Maine
 Woodland
 Algonquian translation



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