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A’tukwaqn wjit Bay of Fundy Kjikapa’n”

Story of the Bay of Fundy Tides

Have you ever wondered why the Bay of Fundy has the highest tides in the world?

Kis ki’l ankite’tmɨn koqoey wjit Bay of Fundy mawi espipijik kjikapa’n u’t wsitqamu?

 

Long ago, the giant Glooscap decided that he would like to take a bath. But being a giant, he knew it would be difficult. The rivers and lakes were too shallow. So Glooscap went to the beaver and asked him if he would build Glooscap a dam at the mouth of the Bay of Fundy. Surely by trapping the water in the Bay, Glooscap would have enough water to have a bath. So beaver, being Glooscap’s friend build a dam and Glooscap prepared for his bath.

Sa’q , jenu Kluskap kisita’sis to’q ketu ksispa’lsit. Katu nekm mɨta jenu, kejitoq apsami metue’ktew. U’t sipu’l aqq qospeml apsami pakwe’jkl. Klapis Kluskap e’lie’tl Kopital aqq pipanimatl. Kisi ltu’an Kluskapal ɨkplutaqn kikju tan etek wtu’n Bay Of Fundy. Telte’tk kisi waju’peka’toq samquan pemitk u’t Pa’ktape’, tepiatew samquan klapis kis ksispalsitew Kluskap. Kopit, mɨta Kluskap witapl poqji eltoq u’t ɨkplutaqn aqq poqji kiskaja’lsit ksispalsin Kluskap.

But then, Glooscap and the beaver heard a noise coming from the other side of the dam. There, in the waters of the Atlantic was the whale and he was very upset. He wanted to swim in the Bay as he had always done.

Katu nike’, Kluskap aqq Kopit nutimitij nat koqoey wejiaq kte’jk ta’n etek u’t ɨkplutaqn. Nate’l tan etek wla Kta’n eyk putɨp aqq mu welte’tɨkek. Ketu tekisimit u’t Pa’ktape’ kis mɨta etli tekisimit kaqisk nate’l .

“Why have you blocked my way into the Bay?” asked the whale. 

“I’m sorry, whale, I didn’t mean to cause you harm. I wanted to take a bath.” Said Glooscap. “Beaver, can you please take down the dam you built so that the whale can swim freely.” Glooscap asked.

Koqoey wjit kepijoqwa’tuoq ta’n tel pqwasa’site’s ni’n u’t Pa’ktape’? pipanikesit putɨp. 

Meskey , putɨp, mu telte’tmuap o’pla’tike’. ketu ksispa’lsiap ”teluet Kluskap. ” Kopit, kisi jikla’tesk u’t ɨkplutaqn ta’n kisitu’n klapis putɨp kisi tekismitew”, Kluskap pipanikesit.

 

As the beaver began to slowly dismantle the dam, the whale became impatient.

Tan tujiw Kopit poqji tewiska’toq u’t ɨkplutaqn , putɨp mu kisiskimaq.

“Move aside Beaver.” He said. And with all his might, the whale slammed his tail into the dam. The wood from the dam scattered and the water on both sides of the bay began to swell. To this day, the tides of the Bay of Fundy are the highest in the world thanks to the power of the whale.

“Ke aja’si Kopit” Aqq tan tel mlkiknat, putɨp paqiatkwe’testoq wsuquni u’t ɨkplutaqniktuk. Kmuj ta’n wejiaq ɨkplujtaqn kaqi sa’setesk msit tami aqq samquan wejiaq pa’ktape’ poqji pute’pekiaq. Me’ kiskuk , u’t kijikapa’n wejiaql Bay of Fundy mawi espetekl wsɨtqamu mɨta putɨp tewiji melkiknat.

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Thank you to artist Melissa Labrador, Mi'kmaw Elder Shirley Denny, and the Municipality of the District of West Hants for helping to highlight this tale of Kluskap