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Myths and Legends of the Mississippi Valley and the Great Lakes

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When summer was gone, Living Statue went again to the plain with his sons. The corn was in full ear. Also the large pumpkins were ripe.

Thus the Ottawas received the gift of corn.

From Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology.
Wild Rice Tied in Bunches or Sheaves.

Again Wenibojó left Nokomis. With his bow and arrow he wandered far into the forest. Then some little bushes spoke as he walked. “Sometimes they [43] eat us,” they said. Wenibojó made no answer. Again the bushes spoke, “Sometimes they eat us.”

“Who are you talking to?” he asked.

“To Wenibojó,” they said. So he bent down and dug up the bushes by the roots. The roots were long, like an arrow. They were good to eat, but Wenibojó had fasted too long.


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