Sunday, May 24, 2015

The Legend of the Mermaid Lone Bird

The Mi’kmaq tell the tale of Lone Bird who stumbles upon a cove of five beautiful maidens swimming and playing in the water: “They were lovely, it is true, but they looked nothing like human maidens, for humans do not have pale skin, spotted with silvery scales. They do not dress their hair with strands of seaweed. And though maidens adorn themselves with necklaces of bright shells, humans have legs. Their bodies do not end in long fish tails,” from the bookSpirits, Fairies, and Merpeople: Native Stories of Other Worldsby C.J. Taylo

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