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An Inuit Folklore Haiku

By Oneg In The ArcticPublished 2 months ago Updated 2 months ago 1 min read
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Kids skip cross clear ice

Crackling below, listen

Qalupalik comes

~

In Inuit folklore, the Qalupaliit are strange creatures that live below the ice and in bodies of water in the Arctic. They are a cautionary tale told to children who misbehave and don’t listen. The tale is told to also scare children from going too far out on the ice alone, for they can be snatched and never returned.

The image was created by Michael Goodwin.

You can learn more about the Qalupaliit here:

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Oneg In The Arctic

A storyteller and poet of arctic adventures, good food, identity, mental health, and more.

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  • Babs Iverson2 months ago

    Awwww!!! Love it!!!

  • Judey Kalchik2 months ago

    I bet your student adore you! This is brilliant.

  • A great take on the challenge , love your word,images and the video

  • Oooo, this was so fascinating! You can even write a story using this Qalupaliit. Like some sort of a ice boogeyman, lol!

  • Jason Basaraba2 months ago

    Love it

  • Gina C.2 months ago

    Fascinating! Loved learning something new :)

  • Cathy holmes2 months ago

    This is a wonderful, educational piece. Very well done.

  • Heather Hubler2 months ago

    I absolutely love when author's add personal and/or historical notes! It makes the whole experience so rich :) Great idea and loved the haiku itself.

  • Jess Lee2 months ago

    Love this unique and suspenseful take on the challenge, as well as the cultural education. Looking forward to more!

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