Saturday, June 13, 2009

"When I was on one of the many visits to Savoonga St. Lawrence Island," and the many occasions to visit my late friend Nelson Elowa, he had one story that remained with me since those early days. It was a time of Shamans and their way before the white traders. Travel to and from the villages were by flying upside down with their feet held vertical. They had to be careful in the event that a villager might spot them. If this would occur, they would be forced to fall into the sea to conceal their magic and the story of how they got to and from the villages so quickly. Also these Shamans would swim with the walrus, polar bears, whales or any sea creature to discover their locations so they could 'fly' back to the villages to report to the hunters of where to go...

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