Demanta Ruaporo

Ina and the Shark

My grandmother Tekura told me this story called Ina and the Shark. This story tells us to believe in yourself and always be kind to each other.

A long time ago there was a beautiful maiden called Ina who asked a shark to take her to another island to see her boyfriend. During the journey, she was hungry and decided to open one of the coconuts she had brought along, but she didn’t have anything to open it with. Then, she suddenly got an idea. She got one of the coconuts and cracked it open on the shark’s head. The shark then shook her off his back and ate her, and that’s why sharks have a dent on their heads.