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Ayashaau, Mishikaakihkiyaahkwaau and Piipiihchaau.
3 legends about Ayashaau, Mishikaakihkiyaahkwaau and Piipiihchaau. Traditonal songs that go with the legends.
Traditional songs about animals and hunting animals.
She tells about in the old days, when they had nothing and were running out of supplies and they were getting hungry.
The author talks about the old times when her dad had hard times feeding them because they didn`t have any store bought food. They would only live off the wildlife food. There were times when their dad couldn`t catch any game, also when they didn`t have any money or government cheques coming. It was really hard in those days.
Arrival of Christian Religion
Long time ago I heard my old grandfather telling this story. He said there was no religion in the old days; not until the whitemen came and that`s how the Natives were taught about religion.
Long ago, when people went hunting, they used bows and arrows and they traded their furs to French Europeans.
Chahkaapesh and the Night.
One of many legends of Chahkaapesh.
How the day became night.
Legend of a robin
Incomplete part of the legend of the robin.The begining and the end only. Brief story.
Legend of the Robin
This story is about a man who tries to get rid of his son by dropping him off on an island and leaving him there, but the boy finds his way home and ends up burning his father in their tent.
Aapihtuwaapinwaashkim was paddling with his family out in the bay when a sudden wind storm came. Others believed he didn`t survive. He was able to steer his canoe from tipping over. An Inuit shaman was trying to kill him.
Curing the Sick Man
A story of a man who was very sick and hope is fading for him to get better. An elder cures him by giving him with hot water to drink.
Elder helping caribou hunters
A group of people are starving long ago and they find tracks of caribou. The hunters are already very weak and cannot chase the caribou. An elder goes with the hunters towards the caribou. They see the caribou on the lake ice. The elder instructs the hunters to simply walk towards the caribou. The caribou don`t flee and are killed.
Elder with Shaman power
An elder long ago had shaman power and could easily catch beaver. After he chiselled a hole in ice near a beaver lodge, he laid out a blanket and the beaver came out of the water to sit on the blanket.
Inuit and the Polar Bear
A story of an Inuk going to set a net at a lake in his kayak. A young friend watches from the shore. He paddles to a small island to look for eggs and is chased by a polar bear. He gets attacked by the polar bear and the young man watches. His brother takes revenge on the polar bear. After killing the polar bear, he sees that it was a very strong animal, full of sinew and muscle.
My Grandfather`s Father
Charlie talks about his father`s father`s father; his great-grandfather. This story is at a time when the Cree people began having guns. This is a time when they had little food. Finding a herd of caribou, Charlie`s great-grandfather decides to use snares instead of using the gun and catches the entire herd of caribou.
Snowshoe and Canoe Makers
Charlie talks about elders he remembered from Fort Chimo. One made a pair of snowshoes in one day and the other made a canoe in one day also.
The boy who was raised by a bear
A story about a boy who was raised by a bear for a period of time. The parents of the boy search for the boy for along time and during this time the bear is teaching the boy different things like how to pick boughs properly so that humans won`t notice the broken branches. Eventually, the boy is found and from then on he has a connection to bears or a greater understanding that other people don`t have.
The meaning of various kinds of dreams.
How animal parts tell people stories
Charlotte talks about the signs they see on animal parts. She talks about certain parts that could mean large animals are going to be killed and certain parts that mean small animals will be killed when the men are hunting.
How food was preserved back in the day
Charlotte talks about how food was stored back then before they had freezers. How everything was saved from the animal that was killed.