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Sagapgia

by Gerald Musinsky
On a sea journey from one village to another, Sagapgia is taken from her canoe by the sea spirit(s) as a wife. Her uncle offers significant presents for a happy marriage. The couple bears a son, Wa-medi-aks ("Down the Useless River") and later a daughter, both of whom the sea spirit stretches to grow faster. This union and the offspring lead to a great feast with the sea spirits who have been responsible for many drowning and ill tides. To ensure harmony, the sea spirits release Sagapgia and her children.

[Northeast Coast, Tsimshian]


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