There once was a girl who was waiting for the
perfect husband. Her father eventually lost patience
with her and told her she should marry his dog. As
the family was going to sleep one night, a strange
young man arrived and asked for shelter. During the
night, he took the girl as his wife and she became
pregnant by him. When the father found out that the
girl was pregnant, he took her to a small island
where he left her with his dog. From time to time,
the dog would swim to the father's house and return
with a package of food on his back which the girl's
father had prepared. When her time came, the girl
gave birth to several children, most of whom were of
the dog form and some of whom were of the human form.
Her father understood now that the strange man had
been his own dog. He regretted the curse he had put
on his daughter and resolved to get rid of the dog.
The next time the dog came for provisions, he placed
stones and sand in the package. When the dog tried to
swim back to his family, he sank to the bottom of the
sea. From then on, the father brought food to his
When the girl learned what her father had done, she
became very angry because the dog had been good to
her. She ordered her dog children to tear up her
father's kayak. The old man noticed what they were
doing and managed to escape but he did not come back
with food and soon the girl and her children had
nothing to eat. The girl decided to send her children
away. She laid the dog children in the sole of her
boot and sent them out in the direction of the sea.
It is said that the white people are descendants of
these dog children. Then, she put her human children
in her slipper and sent them drifting towards the
land. It is said that the Indians are descendants of
these human children.
The girl then returned to live with her father. One
day, when her father was away hunting, a kayak
approached and a good looking man with glasses
invited her to come into his kayak. The girl decided
to accept. After a while, the young man stepped out
onto an ice floe and removed his glasses. The girl
was surprised to see that the man's eyes were red and
that he was very short. Only then did she realize
that this man was a storm petrel in human form. It
was too late and she had to resign herself to her
fate. She lived with the bird-man in his little tent
and had a child by him.
Meanwhile, the father had decided to look for his
daughter once more. He finally found her and as the
husband was out hunting, he promptly took her away.
When the storm petrel noticed their boat from the
sky, he flapped his wings so furiously that high
waves threatened to upset the boat. The father pushed
his daughter overboard so that the storm petrel
couldn’t take her back. The girl clung to
the boat and the father cut off the top joints of her
fingers. As these fell into the sea, whales appeared.
Still the girl hung on. The father cut off the next
finger joints which turned into seals. Finally, the
father cut off his daughter's hands which became
walruses. The girl then slipped to the bottom of the
sea where she became Takanaaluk Arnaaluk, the mother
of all sea animals.
The father returned home but he felt such remorse
that he wrapped himself in a skin and lay on the
beach at low tide. When high tide came, it carried
him out to sea. So it was that the father, the
daughter and the dog were reunited at the bottom of
the sea. The dog lies at the entrance of the house.
The father lies on a bench wrapped in a skin and he
is always in a bad mood. The daughter is the mother
of all sea animals and she expects hunters to show
great respect for the food they get from sea animals
which were created out of her own hands.