Eskimo elders consider Qayaq to be the oldest of legends
in Inupiaq folklore. The son of shamanic parents,
Qayaq was born to the task of discovering his
brothers' killer and avenging their deaths. He
travels widely on this quest and, imbued with
magical powers, he takes animal form while
battling the many destructive characters that
populate his world.
Emily Ivanoff Brown, or Ticasuk, was born
in 1904 and was an elementary school teacher
who spent her life collecting Native oral histories.
Ticasuk's stories are a window into another time,
offering a special view of the thousands of years of her
ancestors' culture. She is also the author of Tales of Ticasuk
(University of Alaska Press, 1987).