Weesakechahk and the birds who flew south

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Title: wîsakêcâhk kâ-itâcimikisot nêsta pinêsiwak kâ-papâmihnâcik - Weesakechahk and the birds who flew south



Speaker: Simeon Scott



Dialect: Swampy Cree


Age Level: 6

Description

Weesakechahk wishes to eat the birds with whom he lives and so throws a dance and bids them all to sway with their eyes closed. The loon, however, is suspicious and opens his eyes to see Weesakechahk snaring the birds and he warns the others and Weesakechahk kicks him in the back. That is why the loon has a flattened back, they say. After Weesakechahk leaves them, Shingibish begins to take two wives. But when he sees that the loon is covered in beads and looks handsome, he's worried the loon will steal his wives and warns his wives not to leave him. The loon approaches and steals Shingibish's wives anyway and that night, in revenge, he takes a heated up chisel and shoves it down the loon's throat. That is why the loon has a dark-coloured throat, they say.

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Animals Birds Weesakechahk

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