Native American Giant Birds: Pomola (Pamola, Bemola)

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Native American Giant Birds: Pomola (Pamola, Bemola)

Name: Pomola

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Tribal affiliation: Penobscot, Abenaki

Alternate spellings: Pamola, Bemola, Bmola, Bemohla, Bmohla, Bahmolai, Pomolo, Bumole, Pamolai, Pamole, P’mula, P-mol-a

Pronunciation: buh-moh-lah

Type: Monster, giant bird

A bird spirit that lived on Mt Katahdin and made cold weather, associated with night, wind, snow, and storms. Apparently it had a moose’s head according to some legends. The only version we’ve been able to find just says that Pomola was large enough to carry off a moose, not that it looks like one. Either way, it definitely is not a creature any human would want to mess with, and the Penobscots and Abenakis avoided climbing to the top of this mountain so as not to disturb it.

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