Our gusdi (cousin in Cherokee) Souky Suz was supposed to be our story teller tonight but she had a conflict. She forwarded her story to our gusdi, Howling Caterpillar to present to the group seated around the camp fire.
Kicking Bear usually gives an opening prayer prior to our story telling events. However, he is currently under the weather and could not be present. He prevailed upon Candy Thomas to present the prayer and she generously accepted.
Here is Candy’s beautiful blessing:
O Great Spirit
We gather around the fire tonight, joined hand in hand, and give thanks for the gift of life that we have been given.
We give thanks to all our relations and for the beauty of all surrounding us.
We pray for wisdom so that as we listen to the story tonight,
we may understand the lesson within and learn from it.
In balance and harmony, we pray and give thanks.
Howling Caterpillar related the following:
Souky Suz says, “ I found this story in the children’s book:
Native American Mythology by Fred Ramen
So I hope it is not edited from the original.”
Coyote and the Rock
Coyote was out hunting. It had been a long time since he had caught anything, and he was very hungry. He came across a large rock on top of a hill. “Grandfather,” he said to the rock, “I give you my flint knife. Help me catch something to eat.”
He left the knife on the rock and went down the hill. At the bottom of it he found a freshly killed buffalo. “At last, some food!” he said. “But I need a knife to cut up the buffalo.”
He went back up the hill and took his knife off the rock. “You won’t need this,” he said to the rock. But when he reached the bottom of the hill, the buffalo was gone; all that remained were some old bones.
Suddenly, there was a rumbling noise. Coyote turned around, and then started to run. The rock was rolling down the hill after him! He passed some bears. “Help me, bears!” he shouted. But they shook their heads. “We can’t help you against Grandfather Rock.”
He passed some mountain lions. “Help me lions. “Help me, lions!” he shouted. But they shook their heads, too. “Nobody can help you against Grandfather Rock.”
He passed some buffalo. “Help me, buffalo!” he shouted. “We’ll help you!” said the buffalo. They stood in the rock’s path and lowered their heads to catch it, but the rock smashed through them and crushed their heads against their bodies, just as they appear today.
All the while, the rock kept rolling faster and faster, gaining steadily on the Coyote.
High above, some nighthawks were flying. “Hey nighthawks,” shouted the Coyote, “this rock that’s following me says you are a bunch of ugly birds with eyes that are too big, mouths that are too wide, and pinched-up beaks.”
The leader of the nighthawks was furious. He and his brothers and cousins and friends attacked the rock with their beaks, breaking it into smaller and smaller pieces until it was just a pile of gravel.
Coyote stopped and laughed.
“Well, Grandfather, how strange,” he said disrespectfully. “Did those ugly pinch-beaked, big-eyed wide-mouthed birds do this to you?” Then he laughed again and started off on his way.
The leader of the nighthawks had heard him, though. He and his people fanned the pile of little stones together with their wings. The next thing Coyote knew, he heard the rock following him again-and before he could get out of the way, it rolled over him and flattened his body.
But Souky wanted me to add this at the end:
I’d also like to share this quote about women, when I read it, I think about how it applies to Mother Nature:
BEHOLD THE WOMAN
“Whatever you give a woman, she will make greater.
If you give her sperm, she’ll give you a baby.
If you give her a house, she’ll give you a home.
If you give her groceries, she’ll give you a meal.
If you give her a smile, she’ll give you her heart.
She multiplies and enlarges what is given to her.
So, if you give her any crap,
be ready to receive a ton of s*!?t.”
Thanks to Souky Suz for providing the story. Here is a sample of Souky Suz’s work.
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Thanks to Howling Catapilar for presenting the story. Here is a sample of Howling Caterpillar’s work:
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Thanks to Candy Thomas for presenting the Opening Prayer. Here is a sample of Candy’s work:
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My apologies for being unable to sit by the fire last night! Thanks to all 3 of you for
your part in making our Wednesday night stories a continuing success.