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The Tide

A Micmac Legend

One day Kluskap decided that he wanted to take a bath. He ordered Beaver to build a dam across the mouth of the bay to hold the ocean water so that there would be lots of water for his bath.

Beaver did as Kluskap asked and the bath was made but Whale was unhappy because now the water did not flow as before. "Why has the water stopped?', Whale cried. Kluskap hearing him and not wanting Whale to be upset, told Beaver to break the dam and release the water.

Beaver liked the dam he had made so he was slow to begin taking it apart. Whale became impatient because he wanted the water as it was before and he started using his great tail to break the dam apart. This caused the water to flow back and forth with such force that it continues so until this day.

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