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Killer Whale Story (Haida Nation)

Glynn ManyironsA man was wandering around about an island, where he was abandoned and marooned by his evil brothers. looking for a place to stay for the night,  He came across a door in the middle of the forest.

He knocked on the door, the door opened and upon entering, He found himself among a big group of seals. The chief of the seals was very sick. The chief was wounded by an arrow that was shot by the evil brothers. The seals asked the man to heal their chief.

The man said “i will heal your chief, if you provide a way for me to go home.”

The seals agreed and so the man healed the chief.

The happy chief said to the man “carve two fish out of the large cedar tree”, the one that grew beside their hut and to place them in the water.

Then the chief told him that if he sat on them and if he was thinking about nothing else but his family, the fish would carry him home, but if he thought of his evil brothers the fish would carry him back to the seals.

The man did as he was told, and found that what the chief told him was true.

Finally he arrived home and the fish killed his evil brothers, and thus revenged their maker.

After the fish were told not to kill men, but only whales.

So ever since then they have been called Whale Killers or Killer Whales.



I work with Muskwa International Foundation Inc. which is an entity that was formed to assist the street children in the Philippines, mostly in Manila and Davao, the two largest cities in the Philippines.  You can find out about their projects here Street Children and Natural Disasters.

The stories I tell here I learned from the Elders and Story tellers and I am passing them on with their blessings. These stories can be anything from 4,000 to 5,000 years old.




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