Other spellings: Glooscap, Glooskap, Gluskabe
The Creator, or more exactly, the creator force. Generally benevolent,
but often whimsical. Gluskap created the plains, the food plants,
the animals and the human race from the body of the Mother Earth.
His rival was his wolf brother Malsum, who made rocks, thickets
and poisonous animals. After a long struggle Gluskap killed Malsum
and drove his evil magic under the earth. Gluskap drove away monsters,
fought stone giants, taught hunting and farming to men, and gave
names to the stars. His work done, Gluskap paddled towards the sunrise
in a birch bark canoe. Some day he may return.
The Great Spirit, the Supreme Being. The Uncreated, the Father of
Life, God of the Winds. The Great Spirit is present in some way
in nearly every North American Indian mythology.
The Great Hare. A trickster. A shape-shifter. Creator of men, the
earth, deer, water and fish. Michabo drives away cannibal spirits.
In the House of Dawn, Michabo is host to the souls of good men,
feeding them succulent fruits and fish.
"Grandmother." The Sacred Earth Mother. Nokomis nurtures all living things.
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