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Oyate waŋ wičoti. Yuŋkaŋ wičaša waŋ čuŋwiŋtku nuŋp wikoškalákapi. Yuŋkaŋ haŋhépi waŋ el haŋwiyaŋpa oiyókipi. Čaŋke wikoškalákapi kiŋ nuŋpiŋ taŋkal tiíčaŋyaŋ yaŋkapi na wogláka yaŋkáŋpi; waŋkál etoŋwaŋpi. Hehaŋ wičah́́́pi iyúha lila ileh́leǵa wašteste. Čaŋke ekta etoŋwaŋ yaŋkápi. Yuŋkaŋ uŋma tokápa kiŋ heya:
Tokápa: Mitaŋ, itó toke wičah́pi waŋ lila iléǵe čiŋ he waštéwaláka ča kiči wauŋ ni.
Yuŋkaŋ uŋma hakákta kiŋ iš heya:
Tanka: Miš itó toke ká wičah́pi iwaštela ilége čiŋ he kiči wauŋ ni.
Héhaŋ ená ištiŋmapi taŋkál, na waŋna kiktápi. Héhaŋ tipi toktókeča waštešte ogŋa h́payápi. Héhaŋ ablézapi. Yuŋkaŋ tipi kiŋ e sni. Yuŋkaŋ wičaša waŋ koškalaka wag kiči tokiyátahaŋ glípi. Yuŋkaŋ wičaša taŋka kiŋ hé iš wičah́́́pi waŋ iwaštela ilége uŋ hée. Hehaŋ kiŋukaŋ wičayúzapi. Yuŋkaŋ hé mah́píya ekta, keyápi.
Yuŋkaŋ wikoškalaka uŋma tokápa kiŋ iglušáka. Yuŋkaŋ aŋpétu waŋ el wičaša nupiŋ omáŋi iyayápi kta. Itókab iyayápi kiŋ iš wiŋyaŋ kiŋ nupiŋ tiŋpsinla wopt́e yápi kta, keyápi. Yuŋkaŋ wičaša kiŋ uŋma taŋka kiŋ heya:
Taŋka : hečaŋnoŋpi kte eša, tiŋpsinla nah́ča heča waŋjini woýaptapi kte šni.
Hehaŋ iyayápi. Yuŋkaŋ waŋna iš wiŋyaŋ kiŋ h́uŋpe eya yuhápi na tiŋpsinla wopt́a omaŋípi. Yuŋkaŋ tiŋpsinla nah́ča waŋ haŋ. Yuŋkaŋ wiŋyaŋ uŋma tokápa kiŋ heya:
Tokápa: Ito, le wouŋptin kta tokayélaka heyápi kiŋ.
Yuŋkaŋ uŋmá kiŋ wičala šni.
Taŋka: Hiya, oẃekiš t́okákte s’eče.
Eya eša, inihaŋ šni, woptiŋ kta čiŋ; na waŋna wiŋyaŋ iglušake čiŋ h’uŋpe ikikču na woptiŋ kta. Yuŋkaŋ maka kiŋ paóh́pa iyeya na kutákiya hiŋh́páya na kuta makoče ekta glih́páya. Yuŋkaŋ teźi kabláza. Čaŋke hokšičala kiŋ ni h́paya. Yuŋkaŋ ziŋtkála waŋ el hí na hokšičala oŋšiya h́paya čiŋ waŋyaŋka na hehaŋ iyáya.
Yuŋkaŋ ziŋtkála maka óhiŋniyaŋ uŋpi kiŋ iyúha awičagli na he tokel hokšila kiŋ niyaŋpi kte čiŋ iyukčaŋpi. Hehaŋ iýohila hokšičala ki tokel ičah́́yápi kte čiŋ ikičiyuŋǵapi. Yuŋkaŋ heya:
Tašiyaŋnuŋpa: Hau, miye hokšičala le ičahwáya owakíhi yelo. Ča blúha kta.
Hehaŋ ziŋtkala iyúha šuŋ waŋji glušlokapi na hokšičala kiŋ ḱupi na hehaŋ iyúha kiŋyaŋ iyayápi. Hehaŋ iš tašiyagnuŋpa kiŋ iš hoksičala ki iču na peji ẃokeya waŋji kaǵiŋ na el kiči oti. Na waŋna waŋiyétu hehaŋl wokéya waŋji ake ḱaǵe na woyúte tokel hokšičala ki yutiŋ kte čiŋ tiyokšu. Hokšičala kiŋ wičakéyapi “hokšila” kiŋ. Tašiyagnúŋpa kiŋ “Takoja” eya čekiya keyápi.
Ho waŋna hokšila kiŋ waŋiyétu t́onakeča na waŋna maŋi luzahaŋ. Hehaŋ tuŋkašitku kiŋ wahiŋkpe kičaǵa na wakúte oŋspékiya. Na waŋna koškaláka. Hehaŋ waŋna iyečiŋka taku iyúha oŋspe na wahiŋkpe ičičaǵe na taku eyaš iyúha wičaó.
Hehaŋ tuŋkašitku kiŋ waŋna ómani ye ši, tokíyab ómani ye ši, na ečel čajeyáta: wičah́pi hiŋh́paya eya čaštoŋ. Waŋaš ḱakelkiya ómani ya.
Yuŋkaŋ oyate waŋ wičoti. Čaŋke el í. Tiwégna ye šni itokab iglutókeča, ówaŋgšiča ičičaǵa na hokšilaičiya. Hehaŋ hokšila eya škatapi. Čaŋke el waŋwičayank inajiŋ. Hehaŋ hokšila waŋ el hi na kiči ẃogláka. Yuŋkaŋ iýe tipi el gle aṕe. Hehaŋ kiči ki. Yuŋkaŋ hokšila kiŋ ḱuŋšitku wiŋuh́čala waŋ kičila tí. Čaŋke el kiči ki. Yuŋkaŋ:
Tašiyagnuŋpa: Ho Úŋči, hokšila kolawáya ča hí yelo; ẃoḱu wo.
Čaŋke wiŋuh́čala ki woḱu kte, eyaš takuŋi woyúte yuhápi šni. Čaŋke tašupe čosyapi waŋji čisčilah́či čeoŋpa na hokšila kiŋ ḱu. Hehaŋ woglák yaŋkápi. Yuŋkaŋ hokšila kiŋ heya:
Hokšila : Takúwe wičaákih́aŋ heči hé?
Iwičayuŋǵa. Yuŋkaŋ wiŋuh́čala kiŋ heya:
Wiŋuh́čala : Takója, oyáte kiŋ waŋásapi keš, wičaša waŋ le čoḱab ti kiŋ le, Wazíya e ča ti, na pte toŋa čepa wčaópi keš, iyúha wičaki, ča oyáte kiŋ waŋna ota akih́aŋt́api če.
Hehaŋ éyokasiŋ na waŋyáŋka. Yuŋkaŋ tipi waŋ čokáb taŋka haŋ na ókšaŋ wakáblapi óta na tipi uŋma kiŋ waŋjini el wakáblapi waŋiča. Hehaŋ Wičah́pi Hiŋh́páya lila čaŋze. Na h́ehaŋ heýa:
Wičah́pi Hiŋh́páya: Kola! Toháŋl waŋásapi kte so?
Yuŋkaŋ: hihaŋna akotáhaŋ kiŋ hehaŋl waŋásapi kte lo.
Ho kola, waŋáse uŋyiŋ kte lo.
Na waŋna waŋásapi. Hehaŋ Wičah́pi Hiŋh́paya takólaku kiŋ kiči iš eya yápi. Na waŋna pte wičakuwapi na wičaopi. Hehaŋ iš Wičah́pi Hiŋh́paya pte waŋ lila čepa kah́nige na o na hehaŋ takólaku kiči wapáta. Yuŋkaŋ wičaša waŋ lila haŋska ča wapátapi kiŋ ečel u na waŋji waste túwa ṕata čaŋ kiŋ au. Hehaŋ waŋna Wičah́pi Hiŋh́paya el hi na heya:
Ho, pte čepa kiŋ le mayáḱu kte lo, iwaštela eṕe ḱel.
Yuŋkaŋ Wičah́pi Hiŋh́páya heya:
Wóih́a oieyáye lo! Miš eya le uŋkáglapi kte a waó welo.
Yuŋkan Wazíya heya:
Waŋ! Hokšila waŋ tókiyátaŋ waóhola šni yáhi yelo. Koháŋ makú wo. Ečaŋnoŋ šni ehaŋtaŋš napáčipazo kte lo.
Yuŋkaŋ Wičah́pi Hiŋh́páya heya:
Wičah́pi Hiŋh́páya: Ungna niyéš anpáčipazo ki.
Čaŋke Wazíya lila čaŋze:
Wazíya; Napáčipazo kta!
Na nápe apázo, tka nape kiŋ papšuŋ ih́peya. Yuŋkaŋ ake nape uŋma ečiyátaŋ ake apázo, tka ake papšuŋ. Hehaŋl tokel h́aŋ kta okíhi šni. Hehaŋ kigla. Čaŋkeš Wičah́pi Hiŋh́páya kolaku kiči wágli kipi. Hehaŋ kuŋšitkupi wiŋuh́ča kiŋ lila wiyuškiŋ. Wičah́pi Hiŋh́páya hena oyate wičoti el tehaŋ uŋ, na waŋna ake akih́áŋpi. Hehaŋ heya:
Wičah́pi Hiŋh́páya: Uŋči, Wazíya čiye ti el yiŋ na wakáblapi waŋji omákičiŋ yo.
Čaŋke wiŋuh́ča kiŋ heya:
Wiŋuh́ča: Hiya, takoja, makú kte šni ye. Hówo, kéyaš yiŋ na eya yo.
Čaŋke wiŋuh́ča kiŋ y ana el i na heya: Waziya, mitakoja Wičaȟpi Hiŋȟpáya wakáblapi waŋji očiŋ umaši ye.
Yuŋkaŋ Waziya heya:
Waziya: Wiŋuh́čala šiča, ako gla yo.
Čaŋke wiŋuh́čala kiŋ čeya gli na ogláka. Hehaŋ Wičah́pi Hiŋh́páya ya, el ya, na Waziya ti kiŋ okšaŋ wakáblapi ota otke. Čaŋke waŋji iču na aglíyaču. Čaŋke Waziya čaŋze, eyaš tokel owáŋaseta nape papšuŋpšuŋ kiŋ oŋ kokípe, na tokel háŋ kta kokípa, tokel oyate kiŋ šičaya wičakuwa, čaŋke kokípapi na tuwéni Waziya ítkokipiŋ kta okíhi šni. Yuŋka tokiyátaŋ Wičah́pi Hiŋh́páya hí, na oh́óla šni ya, kú, waki, slolkiya. Hehaŋ kokípa.
Akeš Wičah́pi Hiŋh́páya aŋpétu waŋ el Waziya ti kiŋ el í, tima í. Nakuŋ tuwéni Waziya ti kiŋ el yiŋ kta okíhi šni. Tima iyáyiŋ na čatkúta iyótáka, na Waziya itázíipa tawa ki čatku el otka lila haŋska. Čaŋke iču na heya:
Waziya: Čiye Waziya, wanásapi. Čaŋke t́okeh́če le itázipa kiŋ akáte lo.
Na lila akáta. Yuŋkaŋ yuwéǵ ih́péya na glínaṕe. Čaŋke Waziya lila čaŋze na ičamna tanka waŋji uyiŋ kta, ḱeya. Na waŋna ičamna taŋka waŋ hí. Na aŋpétu toŋa lila ičamna na čaŋke sám lila wa šma áya. Na waŋna tipi kiŋ kiŋ tiče kiŋ heháŋyaŋ ihuŋniya wa šma kiŋ. Hehaŋ Wičah́pi Hiŋh́páya čaŋksa waŋ iču na taŋkal kiyu na kóskoza Waziya ti kiŋ etkíya wa kiŋ iyúha kawita aya, na waŋna Waziya ti kiŋ atáya mahé haŋ, na wa kiŋ iwáŋkab iyéya. Yuŋkaŋ Waziya čiŋča na tawíču ki ob napápi. Čaŋke čaŋksa kiŋ oŋ kte wičiŋ yaŋka na iyúha wičakte. Na Waziya čiŋča waŋji čikála kiŋ makóh́loka waŋ el mahel iyáya. Čaŋke hečel ni iyayéya. Waŋna Waziya ktepi kiŋ oŋ oyate kiŋ lila wiyúškiŋpi; ičiŋ kakišwičaye čiŋ oŋ waŋna ktepi kiŋ lila iyuškiŋpi na Wičah́pi Hiŋh́páya yatáŋtaŋpi . . ..
Ho, hehaŋ ake iyópte ya, íčimaŋi ya. Na ake oyate waŋ wičoti ča el i. Yuŋkaŋ ake oyate kiŋ akihánte kiŋil uŋpi. Čaŋke ake iwičayuŋǵa pte waŋičepi héči. Yuŋkaŋ heyapi:
Oyate: Pte ota, tka toháŋl waŋásapi kta keš kaŋgi ska waŋ pte kiŋ owičakičiyaka na lila napápi, ča kičiya. Yuŋkaŋ heya:
Hokšila: Ho kola, pte mičičaǵiŋ kta ča ečáš pte waŋji čepa kiči waimnaŋki kta ča nupiŋ uŋyáopi kta, kiŋhaŋ ečaš miye eŋa pal émayáoŋpiŋ na wigli kiŋ le natá el akaŋ émayagle kta.
Waŋna pte otápi ča kaŋyéla yápi. Hehaŋ waŋna pte ičíčagiŋ na etkíya y ana pte uŋpi kiŋ el egna iyáya. Hehaŋ oyate kiŋ pte kiŋ wičáyapi. Hehaŋ ake kaŋǵi ska kóŋ kiŋyaŋ u na hehaŋ eya:
Kaŋǵi Ska: lila naṕa po. Niktepi kta ča au welo!
Hehaŋ pte oŋ ake lila napápi. Čaŋke oyate kiŋ lila wičakuwapi, tkaš tuwéni wičakiglege šni. Hehaŋ Wičah́pi Hiŋh́páya pte na pte waŋ čepa yuha iwaštela iŋyaŋka. Čaŋke koláye čoŋ ihuŋni na nupiŋ wičaó na wičapáta na Wičah́pi Hiŋh́páya ena oáblel éoŋpa na uŋma pte kiŋ akiyágla na wígli oŋ pa kiŋ akaŋ egle na kigla. Hehaŋ Wičah́pi Hiŋh́páya ziŋtkála očaje iyúha napápi. Hehaŋ nata el wigli eya he oŋ el hiyótaka. Yuŋkaŋ kaŋgi uŋ hée. Hehaŋ wigli kiŋ lila yuta, tka uŋgnáhela si nupiŋ yuza na yuha kigla hiyáya. Čaŋke kaŋgi uŋ lila óŋšičiya na heya:
Amáyuštaŋ yo! Wowášake mitáwa čiču kte lo, Hiya! Oyate eya wičalukakije na ota téwičayaye čiŋ oŋ ačiyuštaŋ kte šni na iš eya kakišniyaŋpi kta.
Čanke kaŋgi kiŋ lila oŋšiičiya oŋ waŋna yuha ki. Čaŋke oyate u fake lila akišapi. Kaŋgi waŋ kakišwičaye čoŋ ake Wičah́pi Hiŋh́páya kte. Hehaŋ tipi waŋ el si nupiŋ pah́tapi na ṕa otkeyapi na oh́late četipi na ṕa izitapi. Čaŋke hóakaŋ na óhaŋketa tá. Hehaŋ ake oyate kiŋ Wičah́pi Hiŋh́páya yatáŋtaŋpi . . .. Čaŋke el i. Yuŋkaŋ oyate kiŋ ake čaŋ ota, eyaš tušu eče akíoŋpi. Čaŋke he taku oŋ héčoŋpi ki iwičayuŋǵa. Yuŋkaŋ heyápi:
Oyate: Tuwa čaŋ kiŋ i ča wičaša waŋ hiŋšma ča čaŋ etaŋ hiyu na šna nuŋǵe okah́ol iyuwičaya ča waŋna ota wičakte keyápi ča tuweni čaŋ kíŋ yiŋ okíhi šni keyápi.
Wičah́pi Hiŋh́páya: Tokša čaŋ kíŋ mni kta.
Na waŋna wíkaŋ waŋji yuh ana čaŋ šoke etkíya ya na waŋna čaŋ le omaŋi na waŋna etaŋ pah́tiŋ na waŋna kíŋ kte čiŋ. Hehan wičasa was hiŋšma uŋ hiyu na nuŋǵe mahel okáhol iyéyiŋ kta. Tka ečaŋl nuŋǵe uŋ kaksa yeya miwákaŋ oŋ, na hehaŋ ṕa kaksa na tezi kabláza. Yuŋkaŋ wičaša ota tezi mahel čan kíŋkíŋ uŋpi.
Hehaŋ oyate uŋ ake lila wiyuškiŋpi na lila čaŋ kíŋpi na ake Wičah́pi Hiŋh́páya yaónihaŋpi. Hehaŋ ake iyópte ya íčimani y ana ake oyate waŋ wičoti. Čaŋke el i. yuŋkaŋ hehaŋl hé oyate kiŋ iš wakpála waŋ taŋka ogna tipi, tka mni yatkaŋpi šni, wá eče skaŋyápi na yatkáŋpi. Čaŋke tóka yuŋkaŋ hé wakpála mni etaŋ yatkáŋpi šni héči iwičayuŋǵa. Yuŋkaŋ heyápi:
Tóka: Tuwa mni híyoi ča wamnitu waŋ mni máhetáŋhaŋ yamáhewíčayaya keyápi ča heoŋ tuwéni mni hiyóye šni keyápi.
Wičah́pi Hiŋh́páya: Tokša mni hiyo mni kta.
Na waŋna mni hiyoi na waŋna mni okápta na gliču kte ehaŋl taku waŋ hé yukaŋ ča ahiyókasiŋ na yamáheyayiŋ kta, tka ečaŋl pá kaksáyeya na aki. Čaŋke ačetipi na ake Wičah́pi Hiŋh́paya lila yaónihaŋpi. Hečel oyate iyázaŋ ománi na taku ečoŋpičašni ečoŋ keyápi.
Na tukt́el el taku waŋiča naiŋš taku ečakíjapi ča niwíčaya ománi keyápi. Na hehaŋ tókel tíŋ naiŋš tokh́aŋ kiŋ tuweni slólye šni, keyapi.
Once there was an encampment. There were two young women, daughters of a man. Then one night the moon light was quite pleasant. So, both young women were sitting outside leaning against their tipi and engaging in conversation. They were gazing upward. All the stars were very pretty glittering. So, they were gazing at them. One, the older, said:
Older woman: My sister, oh how I would love to live with a very brilliant star.
The younger of the two women, herself said: Well, how I would like to live with a star of average brilliance.
They then, right there, fell asleep, in the out-of-doors; and now they awoke. They were then lying in a tipi quite fine but quite different. It was clear realization. It then was not their tipi. And a man along with a young fellow arrived there from somewhere. The older man was he who was the brightly shining star; and the young man was he who was but a moderately shining star. Each took one as his wife. They then say this occurred in paradise.
The elder of the two young women conceived. And then one day both men would leave on a journey. Before they left, they said both women themselves would go to dig turnips. So, the older of the two men said: Though you should do this, you should not dig any turnips that are in bloom.
They then left. The women themselves then brought along some turnip sticks and went on a trip to dig turnips. Now there stood a turnip in bloom. Now the older of the two women said:
Older Woman: Well now, why is it they say we may dig this?
The other woman did not agree with her.
Younger Woman: No! It is liable perhaps something will happen to us.
Though she said it, she did not fear, wanting to dig. So, the woman who had conceived took her turnip stick and would set to digging. Suddenly she broke through the ground, fell downward, and plummeted to an earthly place. Her belly then burst. And an infant boy lay there alive. And a bird came to him, saw the infant boy pitifully laying there and went away. He brought back all the birds who always inhabit the earth, and they made guesses as to how boys should live.
Each then raised questions among themselves as to how they should raise the little boy. Even so, all were unable to raise him, they say. Then a bird, they called meadowlark, was asked. So, he said:
Meadowlark: Greetings! I am able to raise the little boy; so, I will keep him.
Then all the birds plucked out one wing feather, gave it to the infant, and then they all flew away. The meadowlark himself took the little infant boy, built a shelter, and lived there with him.
In the winter, he again built a shelter and carried to the house food as the little boy would eat. Little boys were called “boys”. The meadowlark they say prayed he be called “grandchild”.
Eventually the boy was a number of years old and was fast at walking. His grandfather made him arrows and taught him to shoot them. He was now a young man. He then learned everything on his own, and he crafted arrows and shot them at most everything else. Then his grandfather told him to go on a trip, and he told him which direction to travel, and so he gave him a name: “Fallen Star”. Then and there off he went traveling that way.
There was a camp. And he went to it. He did not go among the tipis until he disguised himself, making himself appear ugly and like a boy. Some boys were then playing, so he stood there watching them. Then a boy came over to him and spoke with him. He then waited for him to go to his home. He went back with him. The boy lived only with his grandmother, an elderly woman. So, he arrived back there with him.
Boy: Hello grandmother, this boy with whom I have made friends has come; feed him.
So, the grandmother would feed him, but they had no food. So, she roasted a bit of warmed intestines and gave it to the boy they then sat and talked. The boy said:
Fallen Star: I would like to know why is it people are without food?
It was this he asked them. So, the grandmother said: Grandchild, though the people are out hunting, there is a man, this one here who lives in our midst, it is he living to the north; and though a number of buffalo were shot, he robbed all of them, so many of the people were starving.
He peeked in and saw him. The tipi stood tall in the center and much dried meat in it was all about, and in not one other tipi was there any meat. Then Fallen Star became very angry and said:
Fallen Star: Friend, when will there be a buffalo hunt?
Boy: The day after tomorrow there will then be a hunt.
Fallen Star: Well then, friend, let us go hunting.
Now they went hunting. Fallen Star himself then together with his friend also went. They pursued the buffalo and shot them. Then Fall Star chose the fattest one shot it, and then he and his friend butchered the buffalo. When they were butchering it, a very tall man came along, and he was someone who brought along a good butchering block. Then Fallen Star came to him and said:
Fallen Star: Say! Would you give me this fat buffalo? Where there is a matter of concern I say so. You have stated something for a laugh! I also shot this one, so we are going to take it home.
Waziya: Hey! You a boy have come from some place for which there is no regard. Quick now, give it to me. If you don’t do it, I am going to point my finger at you.
Fallen Star: I am going to point my finger at you.
And he pointed it at him, but he fell and sprained his hand. So again, he pointed at him with the other hand, but again he sprained it. He was then unable to act as he would. So, he went home, and so Fallen Star with his friend got back bringing home the meat.
Their grandmother was very happy. Fallen Star stayed in the people’s camp for a long time, and now again they were becoming hungry. So, he then said:
Fallen Star: Grandmother, Waziya went to my older brother’s house and said: Beg a piece of meat for me.
Grandmother: No, grandchild, he will no way give it to me.
Fallen Star: Alright. But go and say so.
So, the grandmother went, got there, and said, Waziya, my grandson Fallen Star recommended I beg you for a piece of meat.
Waziya: You evil grandmother, go home to the beyond!
So, the grandmother arrived home, crying and telling her story. Fallen Star then left and went to him, and all around Waziya’s tipi hung much meat. So, he took a piece and started on his way home. Waziya was angry but afraid because of how his hands got sprained at the buffalo hunting ground; and how he feared to act; and how he was wrongly pursuing the people, so they were afraid of him. No one was able to challenge Waziya.
And he was aware that Fallen Star arrived in the area, failed to pay him respect, came back, and robbed him. He was then afraid of him.
Again, one day, Fallen Star went to Waziya’s tipi and went inside, and no one was able to go into Waziya’s tipi. He went on in and sat at the place of honor, and Waziya’s own bow that was hanging to the left side was very long. So, he took it and said:
Fallen Star: Brother Waziya, they are out hunting. And so somehow, he bends his bow.
And he could really bend it. Throwing it down he broke it and went oustide. So Waziya got very angry, and he stated that a great storm would come, and a great storm did come. For a number of days, it really stormed, and so the snow really got more than deep. The snow reached up to the tipi’s smoke flaps. Fallen Star took a stick then, came oustide, waved it toward Waziya’s tipi, brought all the snow together, and now Waziya’s tipi stood entirely in the pile, and he had the snow above its top.
Then Waziya’s son together with his wife fled. So, with a club he killed a woman chaser and killed them all. One of Waziya’s little children went into a cave. So, this way he survived. Since Waziya was killed the people were very happy; truly, it was because he made them suffer that when he was killed, they were very happy, and Fallen Star was praised.
Yes, at that time then he went on; he went on a trip. He again came to a tribe that was in camp. And again, the people were completely starving. So again, he asked them whether they were lacking buffalo, and they said: There are many buffalo, but when they would also go to the hunt, a white crow carried on a discussion with the buffalo and they really took to flight, so nobody shot a thing.
He had then a pouch skin containing oil, and the tribe again set out on the hunt so they might hunt buffalo. So, he went along again with the boy with whom he made friends. So, he said:
Boy: Now, friend. I shall make myself into a buffalo, and indeed when I should run along with a fat buffalo you should shoot us both. Indeed, if when you lay me down carefully right here to butcher, you should put this grease on my head.
Meanwhile many buffalo were going nearby. He then changed himself into a buffalo, went toward them, and where the buffalo were he went out amongst them. The people then became buffaloes. Again, that white crow came flying and said then: Really, flee! They have come to kill you!
Then because of this the buffalo again really fled. So, the people really chased them, but no one at all caught up with them. Fallen Star then jogged carefully along with a buffalo, one fat buffalo. So, the one he made a friend of came up and he shot and butchered them both, right there Fallen Star piled one, and the other buffalo he carried home, with grease he put on the head and brought it home. Then Fallen Star brought home also birds of all sorts and they ate. One bird came to fly, and all up and fled. Also because of there being grease in the head, it came to sit there. It was the white crow. It then gulped down the grease; but all at once he grasped both its feet and went on, on his way home. The white crow felt very sorry for itself and said: Let me loose! I will give you my power.
Fallen Star: No! You have made some people suffer; since you have brought death to many, I will not let you loose, and so let him too be punished.
Since the white crow very much indulged in self-pity, he held onto it by force. So again, the people cheered for him loudly. The white crow that had made them suffer Fallen Star again killed. In the tipi then, he tied it up by both its feet, its head was hung dangling, beneath it a fire was made, and its head smoldered. So, it wailed and, in the end, perished. Then again, the people kept praising Fallen Star. So, he went to them. And the people again stoked the fire with lots of wood, but there were only lodge-poles. And so, he asked them the reason for their doing this. And they said: A man who goes to carry wood, a man with thick hair who comes from the woods, and who keeps dumping into people’s ears, kills, they say, many people.
Fallen Star: Before long I will go to carry wood.
Now, he had a rope, went toward the thick woods, walked to the woods, lashed together some wood, and now intended to carry the load. But then a man wearing a thick set of hair came out of the woods and would dump the load into his ears, but at that moment he struck his ears with a sword, then his head, and then he laid open his belly. And many men inside his belly were loaded down with wood. The people were then again very glad, for they were really loaded with wood; and Fallen Star was again honored.
Then again, he went on from there, going on a journey, and again there was a tribe camped. He went over to it. This tribe was living by a large creek, but they didn’t drink its water; they only melted and drank the snow. So, he asked them whether strangers too drank from this creek water, and they said: Those who go for water, they say, a large creature from in the water snatches with its mouth, and they say for that reason no one goes there for water.
Fallen Star: After a while, I will go for water.
Now he went for water, dipped out some water, and when he was about to start back there was then something he spotted that might snatch at him, but suddenly he cut off its head and brought it back. And so they built a fire on it, and again Fallen Star was given high honors. They say people walk then in sympathy with him, and that he does the impossible.
Moreover, they say where there is something lacking or something from which they suffer, Fallen Star goes about making them well. And what has become of him nobody knows, so they say.
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