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Ayashaau, Mishikaakihkiyaahkwaau and Piipiihchaau.
3 legends about Ayashaau, Mishikaakihkiyaahkwaau and Piipiihchaau. Traditonal songs that go with the legends.
Traditional Cree Songs
Abraham shares some traditional songs about animals, specifically the goose and fox. He also mentions the introduction of the fiddle and how it was adopted.
Battle with the Inuits
This is a story of long ago when the Crees and the Inuits were still fighting and killing each other.
Stories about how to take care of the deceased.
These stories explain the events of what happens after death.
Cree stories about the boogeymen (prospectors) along the shores of James Bay. Tales on how they got along with each other and with the local guides.
A boy who was infested with lice
A story about a boy who got infested with lice and was left behind.
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Annie tells about child birth and how she was the midwife for her mother while she was in the bushes with her parents.
Child`s First feast
Annie tells a story about a walking out ceremony, portaging for children and having a feast after.
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.
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 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.
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.
Father falls in the river, preserves fish for winter use and travels by foot to get supplies.