Native American Plant Spirits: Turn Over

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Turn Over

Native American Plant Spirits: Turn Over

Name: Gwelab’hot

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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.

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