Memoirs of the American Folk-Lore Society Volume 11

Memoirs of the American Folk-Lore Society Volume 11

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ...were sitting around a camp-fire. The young woman was in the centre of the circle.. Left-Arm had changed himself and his brothers into three wolves. Their bows and arrows had become wolf-tails. They howled; and their sister, who recognized their voices, replied by singing. This made her captors suspicious, and they moved on, all the time watching her closely. The wolves followed them northward until the enemies camped again. They covered the girl with a buffalo robe. Finally the brothers lost the trail of the enemies, and resumed human form. One of them put on his grizzly-bear cape, and was thus enabled to scent the trail. Soon they came in sight of the camp. The enemies were asleep, and had piled their weapons together. Before dawn the brothers stole into the camp, selected weapons, and threw the others into the river. Then they attacked the enemies, and killed them with their own spears. The oldest brother (not Left-Arm) took the woman and escaped with her across the river. 1 Told by Lalaha'p, the grand-daughter of Dark-Sky (Qwiqwita'ss) and Red-Dress (Quilpee'tsei). When the fight was over, all but one man was killed. He was spared to return and tell his tribe what had happened. Left-Arm and his brother set out to find their brother and sister who had crossed the river. Left-Arm jumped into the water to swim across. He was wearing his bear-skin robe. It caught on a snag, from which he could not disengage it, so that he was in danger of being drowned. Suddenly the thought came to him, "Why am I so foolish? I can turn into a frog, and the water will not hurt me." He did so, and remained in the water, calling for his brothers. They heard him, brought the canoe, and took him in. Later on Left-Arm fell in love with a maiden...
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  • Paperback | 92 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236963970
  • 9781236963970