raven and whale

Pen and Watercolour

Raven and The Whale:
An Inuit Story from Alaska

“In the centre of the whale’s belly, Raven saw a beautiful girl dancing. She had strings attached to her feet and hands stretching to the heart of the whale…

When she danced quickly the whale soared through the water. When she danced slowly the whale floated calmly. Soon, the girl danced so slowly that she stopped moving and her eyes closed. Raven felt a cool wind from the world blow through the spout of the whale. He thought again of taking the girl with him into the world. He felt human desire.”

© 2001 Laura Simms

Reprinted from STORIES THAT NOURISH THE HEARTS OF OUR CHILDREN