Transcription by André Faust
Alma Brooks: Thank you. One of, we have many connections to our land, one of the main connections to our land is the fact is that we have stories that connect us. I like to share one of the creation stories.
Aglebe’m A greedy selfish creature kept back all the water in the world so that the rivers stop flowing and the lakes dried up and the people everywhere where dying from thirst.
As a last resort they sent a messenger to ask him to give the people water, but he refused, and he only gave the messenger the water that he washed himself. But this was not enough to satisfy even the thirst of one. Then the people began to complain some were saying I am as dry as a fish, I am as dry as a frog, I am as dry as a turtle, I am as dry as a beaver and so on.
For they were on the verge of dying of thirst, and that, great man Eldoscot (not sure of pronunciation or spelling). The good man is the bearer of great truths, he was sent to Aglebe’m to tell him to release the water to the people again Aglebe’m. Again Aglebe’m refused saying that he needed himself to lie in. Then eldoscot cut down the tree so that it fell on top of the monster and destroy him. The body of the tree became the main river Wolastoq, and the branches of the trees became the tributaries while the leaves became the ponds and the headwaters and streams and the brooks and that the creation story from our people that goes back thousands and thousands of years in this land.