title graphic

Lore for August

Joseph Crow by Rocky Barstad

"Joseph Crow "....Artist: Rocky Barstad / Tsuutina

All Art work is copyrighted © by the Artist and may not be used without permission

dividing bar

O'siyo, Welcome to my Lodge, come, come in and have a seat and we will pass the pipe as friends and then I will tell you a story of our Ancestors and thru this story you may learn of our ways and our culture. These Legends are of our life and tell us how to live with all life in this our world, and Id like to share these with you. This month I will tell you of how the Raccoon fooled the Crawfish.

dividing bar


+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++


THE RACCOON AND THE CRAWFISH
Sioux

Sharp and cunning is the raccoon, say the Indians, by whom he is named Spotted Face.

A crawfish one evening wandered along a river bank, looking for something dead to feast upon. A raccoon was also out looking for something to eat. He spied the crawfish and formed a plan to catch him.

He lay down on the bank and feigned to be dead. By and by the crawfish came near by. "Ho," he thought, "here is a feast indeed; but is he really dead. I will go near and pinch him with my claws and find out."

So he went near and pinched the raccoon on the nose and then on his soft paws. The raccoon never moved. The crawfish then pinched him on the ribs and tickled him so that the raccoon could hardly keep from laughing. The crawfish at last left him. "The raccoon is surely dead," he thought. And he hurried back to the crawfish village and reported his find to the chief.

All the villagers were called to go down to the feast. The chief bade the warriors and young men to paint their faces and dress in their gayest for a dance.

So they marched in a long line -- first the warriors, with their weapons in hand, then the women with their babies and children -- to the place where the raccoon lay. They formed a great circle about him and danced, singing:

"We shall have a great feast

"On the spotted-faced beast, with soft smooth paws:

"He is dead!

"He is dead!

"We shall dance!

"We shall have a good time;

"We shall feast on his flesh."

But as they danced, the raccoon suddenly sprang to his feet.

"Who is that you say you are going to eat? He has a spotted face, has he? He has soft, smooth paws, has he? I'll break your ugly backs. I'll break your rough bones. I'll crunch your ugly, rough paws." And he rushed among the crawfish, killing them by scores. The crawfish warriors fought bravely and the women ran screaming, all to no purpose. They did not feast on the raccoon; the raccoon feasted on them!

+++++++++++++++++++

dividing bar

As always, I ask everyone to make prayers for World Peace and Kindness for all Living things on our Mother, The Earth. I ask all Pipe Carriers to make smoke with me in prayer also for Leonard Pletier and others like him who have been imprisoned unjustly. And here is the story of how I got my Pipe

dividing bar

News about Leonard Peltier case and to view his art work....click here for details!!!

dividing bar

More Lore
1996
|| November's Lore || December's Lore ||
|| August Lore || September's Lore || October's Lore ||
|| June's Lore || July's Lore ||
|| April's Lore || May's Lore ||
|| March's Lore ||
|February's Lore| Januarys||
1995
||Decembers|Novembers|Octobers||

Quotes from a Native Past
|Many Quotes|Chief Seattle|Chief Joseph|

|Buffalo Links|

pony express mail icon send a E-letter pony express,and Let me know if you like this website

dividing bar

©1997 by StoneE Producktions __________________ All Sponsorship Welcomed