once was an Eskimo tribe that had a very source of food. They had just
enough to last them through the very long, long winter. One year all
the food was gone, the seals were gone, the fish were gone, and the
hardest to find and catch, the whales, were gone. The Eskimo people
lived for several weeks on the food they had stored and they sent out
their best hunters out every day. But the hunters came back empty
handed every time.
One day the hunters saw a seal but it wasn't very big. They didn't
care because they hadn't had any food for two days. They snuck up on
him and they were about to throw their harpoon when the seal turned his
head and said, "Don't throw your harpoon. I will show you where the
animals have gone, if you don't kill me."
The hunters were very astonished to hear a seal talk. They got
together and whispered for awhile. The hunters finally agreed to follow
the seal. They travelled for days and days without eating and sleeping.
Finally the hunters said to the seal, "We have to stop and get some
rest." The seal didn't say anything but he stopped and let them sleep.
The next day the seal said, "We must be going! There is a storm coming on and we are two days away from the food."
So two days passed of walking and walking, then the seal said, "Wait
here and at dawn the animals will come." Then the seal went away into
The hunters waited until dawn and sure enough the animals came to
the surface. The hunters were so happy!! They took their harpoon and
killed 17 seals, 3 whales, and 300 fish. They made seal skin boats,
parkas, and baskets. They put the meat in the baskets and the baskets
in the boats and went home. When they got home, everyone came out and
took the food and had a great big feast!!