Frank B. Linderman, Fred W. Voget's Old Man Coyote: The Authorized Edition PDF

By Frank B. Linderman, Fred W. Voget

Trickster and transformer, robust and susceptible, Coyote is a posh determine in Indian legend. He used to be usually the last word instance of ways to not be: silly, proud, self-important. The stories in Old guy Coyote have been instructed by way of the Crow Indians of present-day southeastern Montana. in the course of lengthy wintry weather evenings by way of the hotel fire, they loved listening to in regards to the purely warrior ever to go to the fowl state, the Little-people who followed a misplaced boy, the two-faced tribe that gambled for retains, the wedding of Worm-face, and the starting place of the buffalo. Wandering via those well-spun stories is the irrepressible Old guy Coyote, occasionally scoring a coup, occasionally getting his comeuppance.

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Only fire can take his life. Tomorrow he will come, because the War-eagle's young are four suns old tomorrow. Al- Page 47 ways, after the young of the War-eagle are four suns old the Water-person kills them. ' "'Then sleep,' he said. "When morning came we went to the lodge of the War-eagle. 'Gather woodmuch wood,' my Little-man-father commanded the Eagle. "We kindled a great fire and heated many, many stones until they were red, heaping wood upon them to make them hotter. At last I smelled something on the Wind.

Get on my back," it said. The young warrior looked and saw the Seven Chiefs who are Seven Cranes. "Put your arms around my neck," said the voice. And then the young warrior knew that it was the Chief Crane who spoke. He got on the Chief's back, and put his arms around his neck. "Now, hold on tight," said the Seven Cranes all together. They flew out over the plains, over the Absanakee village where the Young-man saw his friendssaw his mother, and father, and brothers, and sisters. He Page 27 saw that all the world looked flat and level as the Cranes flew over great rivers that were like sinew threads lying on the plains.

But you see, no tribe that played with them ever lived to tell the others, because the Two-faces won every game they played. One who gambles must pay if he loses, so that all those who played with the Two-faces paid with their lives in the end. One day when the North-wind was blowing, the Magpie's Feather rode into the village of the Absanakees. The young men were on the plains hunting, the old men were making weapons and talking of wars, the women were making kettles of Buffalo-paunches, or sewing, or cooking, while the children played.

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