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Myths and Legends of the Great Plains

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The boy said to his father, when he reached home, “Oh, father, he said you were to visit him.” Kingfisher replied, “As I feared that very thing, I said ‘Throw it to him while you stand at a great distance from him.’”

Then Kingfisher went to see Ictinike. When he arrived there, the host climbed upon a bough of a large white willow, bending it until it was horizontal. Then he leaped from it and plunged into the water. It was with great difficulty that Kingfisher seized him and brought him to land. Ictinike had swallowed more of the water than he liked. Then Kingfisher plunged into the stream, brought up a fish, which he gave to Ictinike. But Kingfisher departed without eating any portion of it.


Enlarged from a sketch in Report of the Bureau of Ethnology


Line drawing showing a warrior on horseback bearing down on the 13 people. “Killed ten men and three women”

An Indian drawing with striking similarity to Egyptian drawing.

Enlarged from a sketch in Report of the Bureau of Ethnology


[Pg 186]

HOW BIG TURTLE WENT ON THE WARPATH

Omaha

The people dwelt in a very populous village. Big Turtle joined them. And people dwelling at another village came regularly to war against them. Having killed one person they went homeward. Big Turtle cooked for the warpath. He caused two persons to go after guests. The servants whom he sent after guests were Redbreasted Turtle and Gray Squirrel. He made two round bunches of grass and placed them at the bottom of the stick to which the kettle was fastened.

Now they were coming. They came in sight.

“Ho, warriors!” said Big Turtle. “Warriors, when men are injured, they always take revenge. I cook this for the warpath. I cook sweet corn and a buffalo paunch. You will go after Corn Crusher for me,” saying this to his servants. “Call to Comb, Awl, Pestle, Firebrand, and Buffalo Bladder also,” said Big Turtle.

The two men went to call them. They called to Corn Crusher. “Corn Crusher, be sure to bring your [Pg 187] bowl! Corn Crusher, be sure to bring your bowl! Corn Crusher, be sure to bring your bowl! Corn Crusher, be sure to bring your bowl!” Four times they called.

They called to Comb. “Comb, be sure to bring your bowl!” So they called four times.

They called to Awl. “Awl, be sure to bring your bowl!” So they called four times.


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