posted on Jul, 1 2008 @ 02:11 PM
On our beliefs, we believe that everything has a soul, from rocks to the birds that fly in our sky. Before christianity came we beleived in one
creator "Cillam Cua". Many of our stories also deal with supernatural beings. If you ever get the chance come to our villages and you will hear
about many strange creatures and happenings. Some of the more strange creatures are Giants "Civuliaqatuk", Little People, men that are covered from
head to toe in fur, witches, and shaman. Even the northern lights have a soul, it is said that they are beings that dance in the sky in celebration of
returning home from successful slave raids, sometimes they don't even take slaves, it is said that they are able to decend from the sky and behead
people who live lives of treachery and lies.
Though there are no stories of UFO's or anything of that sort, we have seen many strange things in our skies. for example when I was younger, my
family was traveling by skiff to the next village up river to attend a gathering, and about half way on the trip we saw a lot of silver "crafts" in
the sky in broad daylight. At first we were all scared out of our wits because it seemed that they were checking us out, flying close to us and seemed
to be following us on our little journey. Just about 2 miles before we hit the next village they seemed to loose interest and flew off. A couple of
hours later when other people arrived to the same village they said they also saw the strange crafts in the sky. This was quite a while ago and I
can't remember what gathering we were attending but the story circulated for a long time.
One of the most well know stories is of a witch-women "Sturrpaq", who can change her appearance to look like a beautiful woman. She would be a type
of vampire I guess, she would change her appearance and lure young men "Ayaakutat" away from their village to her home, and procede to sap their
strength away by intercourse. She had long, sharp nails "stuuks", she would run like an animal on all fours, using her long nails to help her travel
at inhuman speeds. The only way to get away from her is to make her think you are going to have intercourse with her, and then blind her with charcoal
so that see cannot see you when you are running away.
There is also a story of the greatest warrior in the land, "Apunuugpak". He was trained in many ways like a spartan. Tought to never surrender, to
never give up. From the moment he was born he was being trained in the art of the bow and arrow, club and bone knife. His grandfater would give him
daily tasks that seemed to be impossible at first, but through strength, ingenuity, and cunning he would surmount these impossible tasks.
To make him fast he had to be able to out run a fox, to make him strong he would have to fight a bear with only his hands, to quicken his thinking he
had to outwit a wolf, to be hardy he was dumped into the wilderness to forge on whatever he was able to find to eat. In many stories he is either the
villain or the victor. But he always came out on top. One of his most well know feats of war was that no one could ever penetrate his parka with an
arrow because he had armor that was built out of shells underneath his parka, and whenever someone dared shoot an arrow at him it would bounce off and
he was know to say, "Shoot your arrows at me, but they will always land on the beach."
These are just a few stories that I can remember off hand, I must ask some of my elders for more and to see if it is ok if I share them.