Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Natives of the North

Natives of the North


Glorious it is
to see young women
gathering in little groups'
and paying visits in the houses;
then all at once the men
do so want to be manly.

Glorious it is
to see long-haired winter caribou
returning to the forests,
while the herd follows
the ebb-mark of the sea,
with a storm of clatterin hooves.

Glorious it is
when wandering time has come.


The lands around my dwelling
are now more beautiful
from the day when
it is given to me
I have never seen before.

Iglulik Eskimo Songs

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