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6. FIRE BOY AND WATER BOY
Primarily based on the story as told by Alvin Shaman
Once there was a family consisting of a man, his wife, a
girl, and two boys. The girl was the oldest child. They were
having a hard time getting food, especially to dry and store
for the winter. The man had bad luck; he couldn't get any
game; he couldn't find anything to kill. The family was
hungry, and though the man went out hunting every day,
he didn't bring anything home.
One day the girl told the youngest boy to take the water
bag, made from a buffalo paunch, and go to the creek for
water. On the path the little boy found a cottontail. It was
dead but still warm. He took it back home and the family
The next time he went for water he found a jackrabbit.
It was still warm. The time after that there was a raccoon.
They began calling him "Lucky Boy." "Say, Lucky Boy, go
out and get something." Each time he went out he found
bigger and bigger game.
One time when he went out, he couldn't carry what he
found. It was too heavy. He went back to camp and told
them to come get it. It was a deer and they butchered it.
They said to him again, "Lucky Boy, go for more water."
He went to the creek and brought back a wolf, a live one.
They made a pet of him and used him for carrying a pack,
like a dog.
Another time when he went for water he found a live
bear, and they made a pet of him, too. The next time he
went down to the creek he found a buffalo. His folks came
down and butchered it and took everything back to camp.
he begins killing the people and Coyote comes to the rescue. And as noted
above, Lobo Wolf continues his story and ends it quite differently. There
is much variation in the things that Coyote does, and the calling out of
what he is doing, as he gets up to rescue the people. This is the type of
situation that makes for great variation in the stories, depending upon many
factors, such as the conditions under which the story is told, as well as the
disposition of the individual telling the story.
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