The Wabanaki believed and Gluskap practiced that even the Ice Giants can be invited in, called daughter, son, grandfather, mother, fed and clothed and made human as kin. So it was a remedy for broken families. Links to the two reviews below pursue this line of thinking along with much that is irrelevant. But no matter. If it is good for the people of the Kennebec it can be good for the people of the Salt, to cure that monstrous anti-social tendency and turn ignorance and horrific mistakes into compassionate knowledge, to make out of control agencies and behavior modification "potential occasions of rectification by reorientation toward the well-being of others" (Kin, 79). Inviting the lost, fragmented, rejected
and rejecting spirit into the family, honoring him, her or it with
family titles, father, father-in-law, comforting them,
clothing and reclothing them, feeding them real food, which means
the food of the soul so they do not have to eat the hearts of the
enemies, giving them children to play
with, brings them back from their cold into the warmth of the hearth,
home and kin. The Wabanaki were much like ourselves, "extreme religious individualists lacking any communal rituals beyond the attenuated practices of isolated shamans [read, journalists] (81). But they had this one advantage, Gluskap taught magnanimity as the primary ethical principle.