Native American Indian Animal Spirits: Aglebemu

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Native American Indian Animal Spirits: Aglebemu

Name: Aglebemu

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Tribal affiliation: Penobscot, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy

Alternate spellings: Aglabemu, Akwulabemu, Aglebemoo, Hahk-lee-be-mo, Ablegemoo

Pronounced: ah-gluh-beh-moo

Also known as: Mitche-hant, Kci Cekolhs, Kci-Coqols

Type: Indian monster, giant animal, frog spirit

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.”

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