Lord of the Sky

Cottie Burland (1905-1983) was an ethnographer for the British Museum of London for 40 years. This story is from the Northwest Coast people of British Columbia.

The Lord of the Sky

The Lord of the Sky is referred to in some of the tales as an old chief. Once the sky was much nearer to the earth than it is now, and this old chief was sometimes annoyed by the constant shouting of the children, the beating of drums, and the hullabaloo of war parties. Unable to rest, he would cause the mountains to move or induce earthquakes, so as to destroy the offending tribe or give it a fright (Burland 1965: 35).

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