He was formed from the dust of TABALDAK’s hand, along with his brother MALSUMIS. He’s the good guy, with many tricks up his sleeve, while evil MALSUMIS does the dirty work.
Many legends abound. How GLOOSKAP saved the world from an ocean-swallowing frog monster. How GLOOSKAP corrected the climate by binding the wings of the Weather Bird. How GLOOSKAP saved the world’s hunted animals by stuffing them into a bag. How GLOOSKAP saved the world’s hunters by letting them all out again...
He even negotiated the first environmental treaty to ensure that man and nature could live in harmony. That lasted until the white man came, and now GLOOSKAP is very cross.
Note: He could also be a regional variant of KLOSKURBEH, or the tricky MANABOZHO. Or vice versa.
Article last updated on 18 October 2013
by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.
Cite this article:
Saunders, Chas, and Peter J. Allen, eds. "GLOOSKAP: God of Nature from Native American mythology." Godchecker. Godchecker/CID, 18 Oct. 2013. Web. 1 September 2014.