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NUMAS

Numas came down from the sky to Agiwala at Fort Rupert. While he was sitting there, a butterfly as large as an eagle flew about his head, and cried, “Ma, ma, ma!” three times. For this is the reason the people sing this burden. Numas had a large house for his winter dance and he wore a large head ring of red cedar bark. He arranged a place in the rear of the house where time should be beaten on boards and boxes.

 

When Numas came down to our world, he had a copper. When the people became more numerous, he gave a feast, during which he put his copper under the mountain. For this reason the place in Dzawadi “Knight Inlet” where the feast was given is called Tlakwaxstalis “Copper Under It.” The chiefs of the Kwagu't (now known as Fort Rupert), desired that he should come and make songs for them, because from the beginning he was a Song Leader. They said, “Let our Uncle come here, he is a Song Leader. He shall make songs for us.” Therefore the people now have songs in the winter dance. He made the first songs.

 

When 'Max'wa, 'Max'walis, and Yixaga'me', chiefs of the Kwagu't, were going to marry, they said, “Let our Uncle come! He has a staff with a hand on top of it.” With this he took the princesses of the chiefs of various tribes. He went all over the country to get wives, even as far south as Comox.

 

T'sama was the name of his child, he was called Tla kwagilaga me' “Copper Making Face” when he took his father's place. He had a son named Namugwis, whose descendants were, in order, Wetla'maxalas, Awidi, and Kwaxa'la'nukwa'me'. This last one died recently.

 

Kwakiutl Tales recorded by George Hunt for Franz Boas (Pgs. 485 – 586)​​

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SOURCES

Franz Boas Indian Myths & Legends from the North Pacific Coast of America: A Translation of Franz Boas' 1895 Edition of Indianische Sagen von der Nord-Pacifischen Kuste Amerikas (2006)