Wednesday, July 14, 2004


Inuit Legends -Origin of the Raven

Origin of the Raven

Once upon a time, two birds were together and decided to become more beautiful
than any of the other birds. They decided that they would tattoo each other, creating designs upon themselves which would be the envy of all other birds.

As one bird began painting the other, the bird being painted would not hold still. Even after repeated scoldings by the one doing the painting, the painted bird would simply not hold still.

Finally, with his patience wearing thin and finally exhausted, the painter bird dumped all the black colour all over the colourfully painted bird and thus the first raven came into existence.

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I remember sitting overlooking a valley up at Iqaluit where there was absolutely no sound around since I was about 15 minutes outside of town. Then suddenly I heard these flapping noises which scared the crap out of me. It was a raven flying by.
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