• Ehep The Great Spider

    A CREE LEGEND: And it’s something like this. It is something… It is something like this. When the first human being appeared on earth… came to the earth, was that these two people, the man and woman they were there somewhere, somewhere in the land where we don’t know for sure exactly where it is, …

  • The Finer Things

    It’s funny how one’s sense of privation changes over time. That’s not to say that there isn’t a tradition of privation here in The Neutrals, but that our sense of what constitutes it has shifted through the past century from a material definition of the word to a psychological one. The land I live on …

  • The Giving of Names

    A PLAINS CREE CUSTOM: While a child is still young it is customary for the parents to call upon four old men and to ask them to give it a name. This is done when the child is about one year old. The parents gather a quantity of clothing and other presents, and a lot …

  • Origin of the Wind

    A BLACKFOOT LEGEND: The stories differ. Some say that it is caused by a very large deer which dwells in the mountains; others, that there are large cattle in the mountains, who roar loudly and thus cause the wind to blow; and again others, that it is caused by a large bird flapping its wings …