In Inuit legend, the caribou originate from the ground. A long time ago, a spirit married a human woman. The spirit did not need to eat and was not used to hunting. In order to provide for his wife, he left the village and created a hole in the ground from which a caribou jumped out. He killed the caribou and brought it home for his wife. The next time the spirit went to get food for his wife, another villager followed him. The man hid and spied on the spirit as he opened the hole, caught a caribou, and closed the hole. After the spirit left, the man reopened the hole, but did not close it fast enough and all the caribou escaped from the ground, free to roam the earth.