A legend that exists in the cultural matrix of a society that is primarily oral can be a source of historical memory. In the case of the legend of the emigration of the Sagdlirmiut we have a fable that is passed from generation to generation as a unwritten record of how it came to be that the Saglirmiut came to the lands of the Inuit in northern Canada.
The story that follows speaks of Makite, fortunate to have married a woman with many brothers but terrible hunter, forced into exile destined to explore the lands to the south, the lands of the dwarfs and the inland folk a tale from the Inuit.
Raven is an important figure amongst written and verbal stories of the northwest and the Inuit. His tales are passed down through the generations of story tellers of the people and are particularly importance in terms of spirituality. Raven makes an ocean voyage, from the Inuit.
From Puget Sound at the northern border of the United States all along the coast to Bering Strait, both Indians and Eskimo believe that the eagle, the raven, the goose, and perhaps any bird, can push up its beak making it the visor of a cap and thus become a man, and that by pulling it down he can become a bird again. A tale of First Man, First Woman and Raven.
A story all too familiar, Kiviung comes to the aid of a victim of bullying through the use of magical powers and himself becomes the focus of an evil witches as he is tossed about by the fates of fortune in his act of revenge of the young victim. A story of consequences, forseen and unforseen.
Today the term Inuit (pronounced /ˈɪnu.ɪt/ or /ˈɪnju.ɪt/; Inuktitut: ᐃᓄᐃᑦ, "the people") is used to for the group of culturally similar indigenous peoples inhabiting the Arctic regions of Greenland, Canada and Alaska. Inuit is a plural noun; the singular is Inuk. A look at Inuit beliefs and spirituality.