Sabawaelnu

Fish-tailed MERBEING of eastern Canada.

Etymology: Micmac (Algonquian), "waterdwelling people."

Variant name: Halfway people.

Physical description: Upper part human, lower part fish.

Behavior: Sings before a storm.

Distribution: Nova Scotia; New Brunswick.

Significant sighting: In 1870, a Micmac Indian found a Sabawaelnu child stranded after a high tide. Its head was about 3 inches across, and it had tiny hands. The Micmac carried it back to deep water.

Source: Wilson D. Wallis and Ruth Sawtell Wallis, The Micmac Indians ofEastern Canada (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1955), pp. 303, 349-354.

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