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Legends of the Eastern Arctic

The Inuit of the Eastern Arctic explained their world through stories of transformation: a woman wants to meet a man from the moon and journeys there to become a moon wife; Qallupalik, the mythical sea creature, lives under the sea ice and takes small children who ignore the advice of their elders; Lumaajuuq, a blind boy treated unfairly by his...

The Inuit of the Eastern Arctic explained their world through stories of transformation: a woman wants to meet a man from the moon and journeys there to become a moon wife; Qallupalik, the mythical sea creature, lives under the sea ice and takes small children who ignore the advice of their elders; Lumaajuuq, a blind boy treated unfairly by his mother, is taken by loons to regain his sight; how the ptarmigan found its voice and why the snow bunting returns every spring. Sit by the qulliq and hear how the Inuit interpreted their harsh and unforgiving world.

CBC Radio's Legends Project compiles traditional oral stories, legends and histories of Canada's Inuit and First Nations, gathered in communities across the country.

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