An Inuit Legend – Crow brings daylight A long time ago, it was always dark in the north where the Inuit people lived. They thought it was dark all over the world until an old crow told them about daylight. The people begged the crow to go and bring them daylight, but he didn’t want to. He said it was a long way and he was too old to fly that far. But the people begged until he finally agreed to go. He flew for a long time until his wings were tired. He was about to turn back when he saw the dim glow of daylight in the distance. As he flew towards the dim light it became brighter and brighter until the whole sky was bright and he could see for miles. The exhausted bird landed in a tree near a village, wanting to rest. It was very cold. A daughter of the chief came to the nearby river. Crow turned himself into a speck of dust and drifted down onto her fur cloak. When she walked back to her father’s snow lodge, she carried him with her. Inside the snow lodge it was warm and bright. The girl took off her cloak and the speck of dust drifted towards the chief’s grandson, who was playing on the lodge floor. It floated into the child’s ear and he started to cry. “Why are you crying?” asked the chief, who was sitting at the fire. “Tell him you want to play with a ball of daylight,” whispered the dust. The chief told his daughter to fetch the box of daylight balls. When she opened it for him, he took out a small ball wrapped a string around it and gave it to his grandson. The speck of dust scratched the child’s ear again, making him cry. “What’s wrong, child?” asked the chief. “Tell him you want to play outside” whispered Crow. As soon as they left the snow lodge, the speck of dust turned back into Crow again. He put out his claws, grasped the string on the ball of daylight and flew into the sky, heading west. Finally he reached the land of the Inuit again and when he let go of the string, the ball dropped to the ground and shattered into tiny pieces. Light went into every home and the darkness left the sky. Cont…

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