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Page 24 - Of the Culloo

Published by Ronald Caplan on 1975/12/1 (1240 reads)
 

of the Culloo it Another legend is of the culloo, the most was this winged raonster that it could dis It had a huge nest on a very high cliff, ther it would bring moose and caribou the monster captured a man who was hunt- It was the custom of the culloo when on the rocks, so it proceeded to dis- the hunter had kept hold of his bow to destroy him he saved himself by the pressure upon him simply bent to discover this, and softer weary, found to its so it departed in nest. Soon the hunter be' to feed them to the two with this novel method of interceded for the hunt resided with the culloo tached to him. Once culloos crawled under hunter went to the till the storm was o- in devising a means young cullos, skin itj At once he put the justing his borrowed er, nothing daunted sort of half-was The culloo saw at the winged man; tops, and scram?'''''. terrible of creatures. So large pose of any animal at a single swallow* which no raan could possibly scale. Thi- with which to feed its ypung. One day ing moose and carried him to its nest, reached home to beat its victims to death pose of the hunter in this manner. But and arrow, and when the monster attempted keeping his weapon underneath him, so that the bow. For some reason the culloo failed pounding the hunter against the rock till great amazement that he was still uninjured; search of other food, leaving the man in the gan to cut up pieces of meat with his knife and young culloos in the nest. These were so pleased serving food that on the return of tneir parent they er's life. The request was granted, and the hunter family until the members thereof became quite at- there arose a terrible storm, and then the younger their parent's wings like chickens under a hen. The same refuge, and the culloo brooded over them all ver. But the man longed to return to his home, so of escape it occurred to him to kill one of the and try to use its wings for his own benefit, project into execution, but just as he was ad- plumage the parent culloo returned. The hunt- quickly managed to adjust his wings in a fashion, and then jumped off the cliff, once what had occurred and angrily pursued but the man fell uninjured upon the tree bled to the ground only an instant be? fore the culloo'de'scended on the same tree. Owing to its immense size, the culloo could not penetrate below the tops of the trees, and so our hero was saved. The de? feated monster then returned to its nest, in which there was now only one young bird. That one will not be big enough to fly until the last day* This story, also, is from Hagar's 1895 article* The drawings are taken from Marion Robertson's ROCK DRAWINGS OF THE MICMAC INDIANS, available from the N. S. MuseuraT" TALES, SONGS, TRADITIONS selected from the archives of the School of Scottish Studies. FOUR ISSUES A YEAR: $3.50 THE JOURNALS SECRETARY, School of Scottish Studies, 2.7 George Square, EDINBURGH EH8 9LD. Picnic Tables Well-water Ice Cubes Morrison's General Store WRECK COVE Gentlemen's Choice in HAIRSTYLING 390 Charlotte St. 562-3336 A Tradition of Welcome and Comfort Fine Food by the Fire Telegraph House & Motel overlooking the Bras D'Or Lakes at Baddeck 295-9988 OPEN ALL YEAR 'ROUND OEfwrmr STORES CAPE BRETON SHOPPING PLAZA SYDNEY RIVER • OPEN DAILY 'TIL 10 P* M* BUY WITH CONFIDENCE " SATISFACTION , GUARANTEED bmACEMENTOR YOUfl MONEY Rm)NOEDi A DiTisioA of tbe F*W??ltooXiiocth Co. Liidted Cape Breton's Magazine/24
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