How Glooskap became friendly to the Loons, and made them his Mes sengers – Wabanaki
How Glooskap became friendly to the Loons, and made them his Messengers – Wabanaki
When Glooskap was pursuing Winpe, he one day on Uktukkamkw saw from afar flying over water the Kwe-moo, or Loons. And thrice did their chief make the circle of the lake, coming near to the land of men and beasts every time, as if he would fain seek something. Then Glooskap asking him what he wanted, Kwe-moo replied that he would be his servant and friend. So Glooskap taught him a strange long cry like the howl of a dog, and when the loons were in need of him or would pray to him they were to utter this cry.
And it came to pass that when he was in Newfoundland he came to an Indian town, and they who dwelt therein were all Kwee-moo-uk, or Loons. And they, as men, were exceeding glad to see their lord, who had blessed them as birds, and did their best to please him. So he made them his huntsmen and messengers, and in all the tales of Glooskap the Kweemoo ever appears as faithful to him. Whence to this day, when the Indians hear the cry of the Loon, they say, "Kwemoo el-komik-too-ajul Gloocapal"- â€œHe is calling upon Glooskapâ€.
Wabanaki Tales of Glooskap, Adapted by Jason Meade, On-line Edition Zero 2006. Stories public domain.
Myths and Folk Lore of the Micmac, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot Tribes ,By Charles G. Leland (1884),
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