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In the Time That Was

Being Legends of the Alaska Klingats

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Published: 1909
Language: English
Wordcount: 8,421 / 31 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 91.7
LoC Categories: GN, GR
Downloads: 1,357
Added to site: 2008.05.16 20913
Genre: Myth

Being the firstvolume of a seriesof Legends of the tribeof Alaskan Indiansknown as the Chilkats--ofthe Klingats.As told by Zachook the "Bear"to Kitchakahaech the "Raven"

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three hearts held. Their eyes and their thoughts were filled with him, so that room for other things there was not. So was the locked chest and its contents forgotten.

"Then on a day, a day of days to the Three, the Boy spoke his first word.


"Kakoon, the Sun, was the word, and 'Kakoon, Kakoon, Kakoon,' said the boy, crying and stretching his arms toward the chest in the corner of the lodge.

"The Wise Man listened and laughing said: 'He would take my place as Keeper of the Worlds of Light.' Then because his heart was so soft with love that he could refuse the Boy nothing, Yakootsekaya-ka undid the many curious locks and fastenings of the great chest and took out the Sun.

"Kakoon, the Sun, he took and gave it to the Boy wherewith to play. And the Boy ceased his crying when the Sun was in his hands, laughing as he rolled the Yellow World about the floor of the lodge. All day did the Three watch him with loving eyes.

"On the next day the Sun lay in a corner of



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