Legend of the manatee

The manatee statue lived by the shore and beckoned the gentle beasts to the lagoon each winter. They answered the call of their ancestors, the ones who had created the statue. It is said that statue would turn away from the sea sending the manatees away, and would later turn to face the sea, calling them into the lagoon. The Miskito indians living in Kahkabila would hunt the manatee and always gave thanks to the gods who bestowed upon them a good harvest.

One day someone found the manatee statue which had been quietly resting on its perch since before time began. The statue was brought to the village where the local leaders were at an impasse as to what to do with it.

Today it sits on a pedestal of cinder blocks in the home of the village leader, no longer facing the sea, but staring into the kitchen.

The manatees no longer come into the lagoon.

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3 Responses to “Legend of the manatee”

  1. Durward Erminger17 November, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

    Indian legends as preposterous as they might sound to outsiders usually have a lot more truth to them than they might seem!

    The manatee has nearly disappeared from the Atlantic Coast. Nevertheless, I´ve spotted small herds of them in isolated channels here with a sonar mounted in my dugout.


    • Casey17 November, 2011 at 10:24 pm #

      Yeah, unfortunately they are pretty good eatin so the indians down here say…if they are lucky enough to run across one, it isn’t lucky enough to stand much of a chance.


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