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Let’s Tell Legends and Stories: Broken Arrow

Salmon drying on a fish rack in Teller. Photo: Jenn Ruckel, KNOM.

KNOM is happy to present Let’s Tell Legends and Stories, a refreshed version of the long-running program Eskimo Stories and Legends that features traditional lessons and knowledge from the Bering Straits region.

In this episode, listen to the story “Broken Arrow” by Grace Slwooko, about a hard-working girl and her lazy friend who undergo a series of mysterious tests to prove their worth, and perhaps, earn the husbands they deserve.


Special thanks to Yaayuk Alvanna-Stimpfle, Vera Metcalf, and Katya Wassillie who voiced the introduction in Inupiaq, St. Lawrence Island Yupik, and Yup’ik, respectively.

Thank you to Annie Conger who narrated this story, and to Grace Slwooko who wrote “Broken Arrow” and contributed it to KNOM many years ago.

Audio for some sound effects came from FreeSound.org: From Robinhood76: “Men Crowd 1” and “Single Arrows” (CC); and from Davilca: “Sfx-wood-1” (CC).

The introduction music is an excerpt from “Together In The Empty” (Dexter Britain) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0. The episode music is excerpted from “Charge into 2015” (Dexter Britain) / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.