Menominee sugar girl

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There once was an old woman called Nokomis Grandmother who had an unmarried daughter. The daughter gave birth to twin boys and during the birth, one of the boys died and so did the mother. Nokomis wrapped the surviving boy in soft grass and laid him on the ground at one side of her wigwam and placed a wooden bowl over him to protect him. She buried her daughter and the other grandchild a ways from her wigwam.

She mourned them for four days and at the end of that she heard a small sound in the wigwam, and it was coming from underneath the wooden bowl. The bowl moved, and suddenly she remembered her little grandchild, whom she had forgotten in her mourning. Lifting up the bowl, she saw a little white rabbit with quivering ears, and she picked it up, saying "Oh!

My dear rabbit, my Manabush. One day, the rabbit sat up and hopped slowly across the wigwam, causing the earth to tremble. The spirits underneath said to one another, "What was that? A great spirit has been born somewhere. As Manabush grew up to be a young man, he thought about how he could prepare himself to assist his uncles, the people.

He said to Nokomis, "Grandmother, make me two sticks, so that I can sing. He began to sing, calling his uncles together, and told them that he would give them the Medicine Lodge and the Medicine Dance so they could cure diseases. He saw that they were hungry, so he gave them plants for food. He also gave them medicine bags made from the skins of mink, weasel, rattlesnakes, and the panther. Into each of these bags, he put samples of all the medicines, and taught the people how to use them.

Manabush lived for many years after this and taught the Menominee many useful things. Adapted from W. When Manabush had Menominee sugar girl the works which the Great Spirit had sent him to do, he moved far away and built his wigwam on the northeast shore of a large lake. Since he was alone, the spirits wanted to give him a companion in the form of his twin brother. The spirits brought his brother to life. Manabush's brother looked like a human being, but could Menominee sugar girl assume the shape of a Wolf, which he used when he hunted.

Since Manabush had always been aware of the jealousy of the evil spirits from under the earth and the water, he warned his brother the Wolf never to return come home across the lake but rather to always go around it by shore. One day, after the Wolf had been hunting all day, he found himself directly across the lake from his wigwam, and so he decided to cross directly over the frozen lake. When he was partly across the lake, the ice broke and he fell through. He was seized by the bad underwater spirits and destroyed.

Manabush immediately knew what had happened to his brother, and he mourned his brother for four days. Every time Manabush sighed, it made the earth tremble, forming the hills and valleys. The spirit of his brother the Wolf appeared before Manabush, and Manabush realized that his brother would not return to him.

He told the wolf's spirit to go to the west to become the chief of all the departed spirits.

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Sadly, Manabush gave up his home by the lake and hid himself inside a large rock near Mackinaw. For many years, the people would visit Manabush there and hold the Medicine Dance which he had taught them. And when Manabush wanted to interact with the people but did not want to show himself in human form, he appeared to them in the shape of a little white rabbit with trembling ears, just as he had appeared to Nokomis when he was a baby. When Manabush was still young, he once said to his grandmother Nokomis, "Grandmother, we have no fire and it is cold in here.

Let me go and get some fire. Manabush knew he had a long journey ahead, so he made a canoe made of bark -- the very first canoe. He took on the shape of a rabbit so he wouldn't be recognized and started east across a large body of water. He knew that there was an old man living on an island Menominee sugar girl had fire.

As Manabush in the form of a Rabbit approached the island; it was still dark, and he pulled his canoe ashore and hopped along until he came to the wigwam of the old man. The old man had two daughters, who came out of the wigwam and saw the little Rabbit, all wet and cold. They picked him up and took him inside, setting him down next to the fire to get warm. The girls went about their evening duties while the Rabbit sat by the fire.

He hopped a little nearer to the fire to try to pick up a coal but as he moved, the earth shook and disturbed the old man, who was napping in the wigwam. The daughters said it was nothing, and told him that they were only trying to warm up the poor little rabbit they had found.

When the girls went back to their work, the Rabbit grabbed a burning stick and ran out of the wigwam, going as fast as he could back to the place where he had left his canoe. The girls and the old man dashed out of the wigwam chasing the Rabbit who had stolen the fire.

The Rabbit reached his canoe safely and pushed off into the water, leaving the old man and his daughters on shore. He paddled as fast as he could toward his grandmother's home. The air rushing past the canoe made the stick burn fiercely, and by the time he reached home, Nokomis could see that his fur was badly burned in several places. She took the burning stick from him and made a fire with him, and then dressed his wounds so his fur would grow back.

One day, Manabush was walking past a high mountain when he smelled a delightful fragrance which seemed to be coming from a crevice in the cliffs. He went closer and found that the mountain was home to a Giant who was known to be the keeper of tobacco. Manabush found a cavern in the side of the mountain and went inside, following a passage which led into the center of the mountain where the Giant lived. The Giant asked Manabush very sternly what he wanted. Manabush answered that he had come for some tobacco, but the Giant told him that the spirits had just been there for their smoke.

Since the ceremony only happened once a year, the Giant told Manabush to come back in a year. Manabush found this difficult to believe, because when he looked around the Giant's cavern, he saw bags and bags of tobacco all around it. So he snatched one of the bags and dashed out of the mountain, closely pursued by the Giant. Manabush reached the top of the mountain and leaped from peak to peak. The Giant followed him closely, and when Manabush reached the edge of a cliff, he fell down flat and the Giant leaped over him and fell over the cliff and into the chasm. The Giant was badly bruised, but managed to climb up the face of the cliff, Menominee sugar girl he hung at the top with all of his fingernails torn off.

Then Manabush grabbed the giant by the back and threw him to the ground and said, "For your stinginess, you will become the Grasshopper, and everyone will know you by your stained mouth. You will become a pest and bother all those who raise tobacco. Then, Manabush took the tobacco home and divided it among the people and gave them the seed so they could grow it themselves and use it for offerings and blessings.

Menominee sugar girl, Manabush was walking along the shore of a lake and saw a long narrow sand bar surrounded by all kinds of waterfowl.

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He was tired and hungry, so he was very interested in the waterfowl. He was not carrying his bow and arrows and instead had only his medicine bag, and he wasn't sure how he could hunt or trap the waterfowl. He walked back into the woods and hung his medicine bag on a tree and collected a lot of tree bark which he rolled into a bundle and took back with him to the shore.

He walked slowly along within sight of the birds and pretended to pass by them. Some of the swans and ducks moved away from the shore. They recognized Manabush and were afraid of him. One of the swans called out to him, "Manabush, where are you going? As you see, I have all my songs with Menominee sugar girl written on this bark. Together, they all went a little way from the lake to an open space where they could dance.

Manabush put his bundle of bark down, got out his singing sticks, and said to the birds, "Now, I will drum and you can dance! All of you sing as loudly as you can and keep your eyes closed. The first bird to open his eyes will always have red, sore eyes. Beating time with one hand, Manabush suddenly caught a swan Menominee sugar girl the neck, but before he could kill it, the bird screamed, and Manabush said, "That's right -- sing as loud as you can.

One bird, a grebe, realized that they were not singing as loudly as they had, and opened his eyes to see Manabush and the heap of his bird victims and cried, "Manabush is killing us! Manabush is killing us! Since the grebe is a poor runner, Manabush soon caught him and said, "I won't kill you, but you will always have red eyes! Manabush then gathered up all the birds he had killed by his trick and carried them out onto the sandbar.

He buried them there, with some with their he sticking out of the sand and some with their feet sticking out. He built a fire to roast the birds in the sand, but since this would take a long time, he decided to take a nap. He slapped his thigh and told it to be on the lookout in case someone should come near the birds and try to steal them while they were cooking. Then he laid down with his back to the fire and went to sleep. Some time later, a party of Indians came along in their canoes. Seeing the birds roasting and Manabush fast asleep, they quietly Menominee sugar girl all the birds and put the he and feet back the way they had found them.

Then they paddled quietly away. A little while later, Manabush woke up. He was very hungry, and was looking forward to enjoying the roast birds. He grabbed one of the baked swans by its neck but got nothing but the neck and the head. He tried all the others and found the same. Then he struck his thigh and said, "Who has robbed me of my feast? Didn't I tell you to keep watch in case anyone came?

They were probably the thieves. One time, Manabush the Rabbit was traveling through the forest and came to a clearing on the bank of a river. He saw the Saw-Whet Owl perched on a twig, but it was almost dark and Rabbit could not see very well. He said to Saw-Whet, "Why do you like it dark? I don't like it to be dark, so I will make the daylight.

But let us have a contest to see who is stronger and whoever wins can have it the way that he likes. Then Rabbit and Owl called all the animals and birds together. Some wanted Rabbit to win so that it would always be light. Others liked the dark and wanted Saw-Whet to win.

The contest began. Finally, Owl accidentally repeated Rabbit's word "Light" and he lost the contest. Rabbit decided that it should be light, but he also decided that night should have a chance for the benefit of the loser and all of the animals and birds he represented.

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This pleased everyone. Manabush was once traveling along carrying his kettle. He saw a moose and killed it, and then cooked it in the kettle. When it was done, he took the meat out of the kettle to cool. While he was waiting, he heard a noise up above him.

He called out, "Stop your noise while I'm eating!

Menominee sugar girl

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