The Moose Of Mount Kineo

Eastern traditions concerning Hiawatha differ in many respects from those

of the West. In the East he is known as Glooskap, god of the

Passamaquoddies, and his marks are left in many places in the maritime

provinces and Maine. It was he who gave names to things, created men,

filled them with life, and moved their wonder with storms. He lived on

the rocky height of Blomidon, at the entrance to Minas Basin, Nova

Scotia, and the agates to be found along its foot are jewels that he made

for his grandmother's necklace, when he restored her youth. He threw up a

ridge between Fort Cumberland and Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, that he might

cross, dry shod, the lake made by the beavers when they dammed the strait

at Blomidon, but he afterward killed the beavers, and breaking down their

dam he let the lake flow into the sea, and went southward on a hunting

tour. At Mount Desert he killed a moose, whose bones he flung to the

ground at Bar Harbor, where they are still to be seen, turned to stone,

while across the bay he threw the entrails, and they, too, are visible as

rocks, dented with his arrow-points. Mount Kineo was anciently a cow

moose of colossal size that he slew and turned into a height of land, and

the Indians trace the outline of the creature in the uplift to this day.

Little Kineo was a calf moose that he slew at the same time, and Kettle

Mountain is his camp-caldron that he flung to the ground in the ardor of

the chase.

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