Wednesday, July 14, 2004


Inuit Legends - Origin of Ptarmigan

Origin of Ptarmigan (a grouse with completely feathered feet)

When the land was young, an old woman was known as a prankster. This was in the time when forms could be interchanged. Anyhow, the old woman would play tricks on all the people, much to their consternation but to the humour of all.

One day, the old woman decided to play a trick on a small group of children who were engrossed in their play. The prankster crept silently up behind and suddenly she loudly clapped her hands.

The children frightened beyond belief, immediately transformed into Ptarmigan and flew away. Because they were but children, they did not know how to transform back and so the race of ptarmigan was born.

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