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Jonas George
"The Man from the Sky" is one of the traditional tales of the Ojibwa on the Rama Reserve, on the shore of Lake Couchiching, near Orillia, Ontario.

This remarkable story was told by Jonas George, a Chippewa whose Indian name, Wah-sa-ghe-zik, means "A Clear Day."

George was "aged about sixty-four, professed Christian" when this tale was related by him and recorded by the archaeologist Colonel G.E. Laidlaw in 1915.

The tale was identified as Tale No. 39 by Laidlaw in his series, "Ojibwa Myths and Tales: Third Paper," Archaeological Report, Ontario Sessional Papers, Volume XLIX, Part IV, 1917.

    About four hundred years ago there were five or six hundred Indians living together somewhere south of Barrie on what is now called Pine Plains. These Indians had a big time at that place.

    Two Indians walked up and looked around those plains. They went a little ways and saw somebody sitting on the grass. This was a man, so they stopped and looked. After a while the man spoke and said, "I don't belong to this land, I dropped down from above, yesterday, so I am here now."

    Those two men wanted him to go with them down home. "Yes, he said, "you go home and clean the place where I will stay, and come back again, then I will go with you for a few days."

    The two men wnet home and told the people about it. They began to clean the place where they were to keep the Skyman for two days. Then they went to get him.

    Skyman was a nice-looking man, clean and shining bright. Just at sundown, he looked up, just like he was watching. He spoke sometimes in a clear voice. Just after dark he spoke. He said, "Stay for two days, I'll go up, something will come down and get me to go up."

    This wise man said that he was running from where he came. There was an open place and he could not stop running, so he got in and dropped.

    The next day he said, "It's a nice country where we live, everything good. Tomorrow noon, I am going up, I will leave you, and your people all be good. Every Indian must be home tomorrow to see me go up."

    Just after noon the next day, he looked up and said, "It's coming." Everybody looked up but could see nothing for a long time.

    The man that kept Skyman at his home could see good, and saw something like a bright star shining away up.

    The other people did not see anything till it came near the ground. This thing was the nicest thing ever seen in this world.

    Two men got hold of it and pulled down heavy, then Skyman got in and said, "All right," and away he went up happy. I guess he's living there yet.