Published on November 19, 2012 by Casey
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Tribal affiliation: Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Mi’kmaq
Alternate spellings: Gwelahb’hot, Gwelhb’hot, Gwelebat, Gwelebato, Kelphit, Koolpejot, Gulbajut, Kulpajut, Kulpujot, Cool-puj-ot
Pronunciation: Varies by language. In Penobscot, his name is pronounced gwuh-luh-bott.
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, he is also associated with the changing of the seasons.