There is another man like Wenabozho. There are four men,
great men. Of course, there is Wenabozho. One other man is Ma-gii-kay-wis.
He's pretty near the same as Wenabozho. Ma-gii-kay-wis
is kind of a smart man. They were all smart men. Practically, they were
all smart in the olden times. There was a third man, but I can't hardly
remember his name. . . . It was Bay-bú-ka-way. Bay-bú-ka-way
is somebody with a face full of whiskers. The whole of his face was
whiskers. I don't know what he does. He was built up in a different
area. And, there is WINDIGO, a great man that learned
We have a name for a giant. . . . It's the WINDIGO!!
WINDIGO was a great man and its time was in the very early
days. It was a time when the WINDIGO was a rough man and a giant.
Early there was a WINDIGO. . . . He was a person. It is through
imagining that he's a person.
There was a little boy they call Gwashun. He was old enough
to understand; he was seven or eight years old. At one time Gwashun
and his folks lived by a lake shore. That lake shore was frozen over
with ice in the fall of the year. And that ice was very thin way out
away from the shore. This little boy was with his folks, and Gwashun's
old folks told him, "If you go out on that point of this great lake,
there's a weak spot on that ice along the shore. That big lake never
freezes much during the winter. You might meet danger by that weak spot.
You might meet danger there. And in that danger maybe it'll be very
rough for a little boy."
The little boy looked. "What's the danger?"
"Well, there's a great man we respect out there. If you go beyond
that point on that ice, you might get in danger. Something might happen.
Anything might happen. There's a WINDIGO out there. He is a dangerous
man. He is the biggest man, the greatest man. He is one of the greatest.
He can do anything. He has power."
The little boy thought of this. "I wonder who the WINDIGO
is. I wonder why my folks tell me, 'Do not go by that point?'" The little
boy said, "I'll see what my father and mother mean not to go out by the point. I'll see what they mean. I want to find out and see what's
He took his top, a pointed stone the shape of an egg, and played
with it on the ice.(5) He'd whip it with a piece of buckskin with a whip
on it. He'd pick it up, then whip it again. And every time he whipped
it, the stone would go toward the point.
At the time, he kept looking back, and since nobody saw him, he
thought, "I'll go a little more." Every time he looked back he'd go
a little more. Finally he got a little too far away from home. He got
too close to that point, the great point of that great lake. And from the point
he went out to the edge of the ice -- way out beyond the point.
"Nobody returns when they go there," he was told.
And he got there and he didn't return.
When he first got there everything turned dark. Everything turned dark
and he looked up at the clouds. The clouds were so close that they turned
everything dark. Everything turned dark, a little bit. There was a dark
shade to the ice too. And when he got to the dark ice, that was a warning
that the WINDIGO might come. He knew deep water was coming, but
he didn't realize WINDIGO was coming also. The dark ice was his warning,
but he didn't know it.
He looked around. He looked up. In that cloud there was somebody
who reached down to grab him. There was a WINDIGO right there.
When the WINDIGO reached down he was taken by the wind of the
clouds. The cloud was just like a storm taking him up. WINDIGO
came along and picked him up. "You're my boy now. You disobeyed
your father and mother." That was the last he remembered about being
on the ice.
When he came to he was in the place where it was built up with
rock -- like a mansion. It was chi-o-gi-mah wah-kay-i-g^'n -- "a chief of houses." It was stone -- nothing but stone -- and a little timber,
and it was by a lake shore. There was a great city there, just like
a fort, and everything was made of stone. It was a city of stone, with
slanted walls, but it wasn't very high.
It was built out of rock by the people who handle rock. Indians
in the real old days were husky and worked in big crews. They fitted
the rock together, then used clay for chinking -- a lot of that clay.
The great stone mansions(6) were built
along the great seas by the big Indians. But these castles were made
of clay chinking and by the lake action they washed down. Near the big
seas the waves come in twenty feet high. Sooner or later the clay washes
out, and the rock falls off. After a while the rock sinks in the dirt
by the action of the waves.
Inside the great stone mansion Gwashun looked around. It
looked like a room, a prison room. There was a big kettle in there -- a great big iron kettle -- on a fire.
Then this great man -- the giant -- rolled the stone away from the
doorway with his big hand. The big giant was WINDIGO. WINDIGO! He poked up the fire. When he got the
fire going he stuck a big stick in the kettle and stirred around. He
paddled with a kind of a stirrer, and told Gwashun, "You sit
there. You're my boy now. You did not obey your father and mother.
You were not supposed to come on that point, but I'll be good to you
and I'll keep you. This place will be warm enough for you."
The giant left. He was big enough -- he was so great in size -- that he could
hardly go through the little doorway. When he was out, he plugged up
the doorway with the big rock.
Gwashun was wondering what was boiling in the kettle.
There were five or six boys in that room who also disobeyed their father
and mother. And he got acquainted.
"What are you doing here?"
They said, "We didn't obey our father and mother. The giant got
us. And this is where he's going to take care of us. This is the place
he puts us when we don't mind our folks. He's the WINDIGO. And
that's the WINDIGO's kettle. That's a small kettle to him."
Gwashun said to the other boys in there, "What is this kettle
"This is for the boys that don't listen. We've seen him put little
boys in that hot kettle. He eats people when they don't listen."
"What's he cooking in there?"
"Boys like us."
Gwashun started to think. "There's only one way out of here:
I have to try and get out. I'll try to slip out." How could he slip
out with all the stone? There was only a little hole up there above the big rock that was closing the door, just
big enough for a snake to go out. It was all rock on that point, and
he couldn't bust that rock.
He couldn't do anything, and finally he thought to himself one
day, "When the WINDIGO comes, I'm going to stay by the doorway
and just slip out when he takes the big rock away."
The WINDIGO rolled the big stone away one morning, and came
in so jolly. And he was laughing. He saw Gwashun alone. "Ah,"
he said, "did you have something to eat yet? You're pretty good. You're
a pretty little boy. You're a little fat, and, oh, you're nice. You
might as well eat a piece of this meat." And he dug out a big chunk
of meat. The WINDIGO said, "That chunk of meat will be one bite
for me, but that'll make a good big meal for you."
Gwashun had to eat something; he was so hungry. It was good.
The meat was well cooked.
Gwashun began to wonder, "I wonder if I can slip out when
the giant has his back turned." He looked around. He didn't see the
other boys. He didn't know whether these other boys slipped out. He
didn't know whether the giant put them in the kettle or not. Gwashun
didn't know whether the boys slipped out, but he had an idea the boys
There was a little light spot in the doorway which was just big
enough so that when WINDIGO had his foot close to the kettle
you could slip by. Gwashun went for the doorway and got out through
that little hole while the giant was fixing up the fire. He slipped
out and he ran through the woods, over the rocks.
Oh, it was tough going. It was so tough he even tore his buckskin
clothes. He suffered. He was frightened. He was panicked. He was
running so fast he didn't
know where he was going. Finally he stopped to get his wind. When he got his wind and he looked back, he saw that
there was still a big cloud hanging over way back, many miles in the
direction in which he was going away from. "That's where I left that
The big giant looked all over for the boy. He looked down by the
point to see whether he went back on the ice. While the giant was doing
that, the boy was going through the woods.
After a while the boy stopped again, and looked back. He looked
ahead. He looked back. Somebody spoke to this little boy in the wilderness.
He turned his head. There was a wolf there, a big wolf.
He had great teeth, the big wolf.
"Ho, ho, my little boy. You look like you're having trouble. Where
are you going?"
Gwashun was always told, "Whenever you get lonely, you'll
meet somebody else." Here the wolf came along, so he told him, "I'm
lost. I'm going to my folks. I want to find my folks."
"What's your name?"
He said, "I'm a giant's boy, Windigó oo-go-s^'d."
"Oh, little boy," the wolf said, "I'll help you -- if you're not
afraid of me."
"I can not be afraid of you, Mr. Wolf. I cannot be afraid of you
in any way."
The wolf said, "Get on my back. Crawl in my big hair" -- it was
a big wolf -- and, he continued, "hang tight and I'll take you to a place where a good
man is. Shut your eyes and hang tight."
The wolf went running through the brush, through the great timber,
and Gwashun could hear the brush whipping by. He was sailing
through the woods, through the brush.
Finally the wolf stopped and said, "Open your eyes. You will see
the city.(7) There's a city here and
I'm going to leave you off at the blacksmith shop. There's a big blacksmith
He could hear the anvil ringing as he got off of the big wolf.
The big wolf looked at him and the little boy said, "Thank you." Then
the wolf told him he'd be able to go in this blacksmith shop to see
the blacksmith, the great blacksmith.
So the little boy started to set off to see the blacksmith.
Before the wolf was
leaving he said, "Come here little boy. Come back."
And the little boy said, "What? What is it?"
The wolf said, "I want to help you more. You'll be getting into
trouble out in the world all alone. And you're getting to be a man.
You're growing up to be a man. There will be times that you will have
to spend your life alone in the world. It'll take time to find your
folks." So he said, "I have a present for you. Here." And the wolf handed
him a little silver box -- a tiny little silver box.
They had silver years ago. They dug up hardened quicksilver somewhere.
This is a rich earth. They dug it up somewhere. They got the silver
and re-melted it and made a box. They made a lot of stuff like that years
"When you're in trouble, shake that little box. Shake that little
box three times. And the third time you shake that little box, you will
find happiness -- maybe. If you do the right thing on my orders, if you
believe in anything, you'll find happiness. But if you don't do anything
right, you'll never make it out of this big timber land, this big timber
field by the rocks. So go to the blacksmith and he'll help you. Maybe
you'll be able to have the blacksmith do a little work for you."
The little boy looked. He said, "What can he do? What can I ask
the blacksmith to do for me?"
The big wolf said, "You shake that box once. I'll show you."
He shook that box once. The little boy was looking at the wolf.
"Turn your head around."
The little boy turned his head around and he saw a pretty horse
standing there with a saddle. It was a beautiful horse, silver.
"Now you take that horse and have the blacksmith put the shoes
on. He likes to do that work," the wolf said. "The blacksmith is happy
to put shoes on the horse. You tell him you're lost. Good-bye friend,"
the wolf said. The great wolf said, "Good-bye and take care. Watch your
life as you go in this big world, the great world. Take the right road
and the right road will lead you to your happiness.(8)"
And the wolf sailed away -- pretty -- through the brush.
The boy turned to his horse. His horse bowed down and the little
boy got on the horse, on a saddle -- a pretty silver saddle. He stuck
that little box in his pouch and said to himself, "The wolf told me
that if I'm in danger I should shake that little box." He kept thinking
about that and never forgot the wolf's orders.
He went into the blacksmith's shop. The blacksmith was big and
strong and he had whiskers on his face. He was chewing something in
his mouth and was looking at the boy with his great teeth sticking out.
He was a mean-looking blacksmith.
The boy looked around. Everything was smoke. The blacksmith shop
was all smoked up. And it was made of stone.
"What do you do here, Mr. Smith? Where are all the horses?"
He said, "There's been a great change here and the king sends his
sIs-shi-máh-g^-nIsh -- his assistants, his soldiers(9) --
here with his horses and I shoe them for a living."
"Where you from little boy?"
He said, "I'm lost. I have a horse here that has no shoes -- no shoes
on his feet. I understand by your friend in the wilderness that I have
a long rough life to go through."
All this time the blacksmith made the little boy wait a while. All the while the boy waited he had
to work around the blacksmith shop, here and there, but he got fed by
the blacksmith. He had to wait a long while, but the blacksmith finally shoed
his horse with nice, pretty, brand-new shoes. At that time the blacksmith
made the horse shoes from raw iron. They finally got the shoes completed on the horse and the boy remembered that he hadn't paid the blacksmith. He told the blacksmith,
"I don't have any money to pay you."
The blacksmith said, "You have
worked for me and I don't have any money to pay you either."
"Well what about my board, my meals?"
"That's nothing. That's all I get for a living, the way times are.
My little boy, I live a life as a blacksmith."
The boy worked there for so long that the blacksmith told
the little boy, "Come on. You have finished your work like a good boy."
He told that little boy, "Get on your horse, go out into the field,
and see what your horse can do. You tried walking, but you didn't make
it. Now ride your horse and ride it right; take care of your horse and
he will take care of you. You go out and pick your
own life. So good-bye."
And the horse started out.
"He'll go north, south, east, and west -- anywhere you want to go,"
the blacksmith called out as the little boy and the horse rode off.
So the boy took off and was roaming the country. He'd go along
here and there; maybe he lived on berries, maybe he lived on the squirrels,
maybe he lived on the mice, maybe he lived on anything he could see.
The earth is made to live on, if you live right and know how to live.
He had some experience of being alone and camping out. He had found
rocks that he started fires with -- friction cells. The mii-sw^m-mi-ah-sIn
rocks have friction so hard that rubbing together they ignite the wood
for fire. He started fires with friction rocks and bark and old rotten
At places, he'd stop for a long time. He thought to himself. "I
need practice traveling." He thought that he needed practice traveling
and decided that he'd keep on roaming and roaming. He thought that it
may be many years that he might roam.
He got to be a good big man, and his horse was very smart. A horse
is a smart animal. The horse knew that the boy was lost. A horse understands
when you talk to him. Any animal you treat good will answer you in its
best way. The horse took care of the boy. The horse wanted to go a certain
way all the time, so one day the boy let the horse go his way and the
horse kept going.
And the horse kept taking him farther. But the horse stopped at
good places. And he stopped when they would come to water. There were
water springs there and he stopped by them. The horse would enter these
places. When the horse was dry he went to one of these springs for water. The
horse knows how to live. They know their wild way of life. He stopped
wherever he could find food for himself and the boy.
The boy lived a life. He ate stuff that the animals eat. Any wild
animal knows how to live. The boy always ate something that was good
for him. Some stuff didn't taste very good -- like bark and some things
they made tea out of -- but he ate it anyway. The boy lived with the wild
horses and wild animals, and he himself became wild.
He used the birch bark lots -- for a dish, and for fire.
And then he discovered that he could make a bow and arrows for
his protection. By the bow and arrow he gained lots of wild game
which he wanted. And he kept making a bigger bow; as he got older, the
bow got bigger. He knew how to handle the bow, and he carried it on
his saddle. After a while he had a great bow and arrow, with a stone head on the tip,
and tied on the end were feathers. How he decorated it to pass his time!
He worked hard all the time.
Well, the little boy still had that little box in his little vest
pouch; the box was very small. He remembered, "Only when I'm in trouble
am I supposed to shake that. If I'm not, it'll never work. When I'm
in trouble, I'm supposed to use that."
So he went along and he came to a place, a beautiful place all
of stone. It looked like a fort to him. It had windows, stone windows.
The stone buildings just had holes, like port holes, for windows. He
saw a big castle standing by the lake shore. That was in the old days
when the soldiers and rulers and masters first came and took over the
Indian, when they took over their rulings. He stopped his horse, and
his horse looked. His horse whinnied like he was happy. The horse was
happy because he knew there were other horses there. And the boy's horse wanted
to go up there by them.
Just that minute the great king saw him. dI-báak-wI-nii-gáy,
oo-gii-máa-gíi-gId-du$, that's the ruler, that's
the king. The great king said, "We have company."
The soldiers came out with their weapons and swords. They were beautifully
dressed. The beautiful soldiers stopped the little boy. When they stopped
the little boy they said to him, "Hello Mr. Boy. Where are you from?"
"I'm from the woods."
"Do you live there?"
"I have to."
"I became lost."
"You were in trouble, that's what you were in. You didn't mind,
did you? Do you have folks?"
"I used to, but I lost them. I lost my mind. I didn't obey."
"How did you lose your mind?"
"I didn't obey. A big cloud came and a big hand took me, and that's
the last I remember."
"I know what you did. The big giant got you. The WINDIGO
got you. That WINDIGO picks up anybody that doesn't obey the
rules of your people. That WINDIGO picks up anybody who doesn't
listen to the experienced people who are trying to bring you into the
The Captain of the soldiers said, "You come! You're one of them
that's roaming the country, and when we catch somebody like that, we
bring them to the castle that we have here!"
The Captain of the soldiers opened the big gate and shoved the
boy in the castle, and then he shoved his horse in.
There were soldiers sitting along the castle walls. They were the great
king's guards. The boy didn't dare to move. They took his horse and
put him in a different compartment -- a horse stall -- and they put the boy in a prison cell. "You shall see your horse, at times.
By the orders of the king we do this."
Oh boy! He stayed in the castle as a prisoner. "I didn't do anything
wrong," he was thinking. But then he thought again and remembered that
he had done wrong by not listening to his father and mother. Now they
cannot help him. And he doesn't know where they are. "Hmmm. So I'm in
for it," the little boy said.
The next morning the big gate of the prison cell opened. "Little
boy" -- he wasn't little then, by that time he had been roaming many
years, along the country. He was roaming when he came to this castle.
"Mister," the soldier said, "the great king wants to see you."
And the soldiers with swords took him to see the king. They had shields
with their swords, and they took him before the king as a prisoner.
The king said, "Bring him in my room."
The boy walked into the room and the king was sitting on a big
chair. The king was dressed full of silver and gold; he had a beautiful
uniform. So did his guards; they had brass and gold sparkling on their
hats. They were beautiful men, husky looking. The king looked at the boy. The boy looked at the king and the king said, "You sit down there."
And the boy sat down, of course.
The boy was getting pretty big after all this time that he was strolling
the woods, the country, the world -- not the whole world, but the country
that he was in.
"The boy's coming into the world." The king said, "Look here. This
is my daughter -- the great daughter. Isn't that a nice looking daughter?"
And the girl cast her eyes on him. She had a sweet smile to him.
She had a sweet smile to him and she looked at the little boy, the man,
the prisoner, and the man looked at her with a sweet smile. They were
both smiling. You would think they were mind-reading one another.
The great king said to the young man, "I am talking to you. You're the one that's
supposed to look at me."
He said, "May I have a soldier here? Three of them . . . to go after
this great daughter!"
And they brought in the three best men that they had.
Then the king turned to the boy again, "Even with your silver horse
and beautiful saddle," he said, "you cannot buy that daughter until
you've proven yourself, until you've proven that you could be a man
of the stones, the castle I have. The castle of my home is solid. Before
I can keep you, you have to prove yourself that you're a man. You have
to be a hero; you have to be a true man and show that you're a man.
I have three sword-men here, all ready. If you can beat them, maybe you'll
have my daughter."
So the prisoner said, "I will try. That's the only thing I can
do." He thought about his little box that he had in his vest pouch.
"Mr. King, I will try to beat your men."
The king said, "Take the boy to the cells. Lock him up so he can't
get away tonight. Tomorrow he's going to try to beat my best men, you three.
I have one, two, three greats. If he can beat you men, then I will accept
him here. But if he can't, he shall be condemned; if he can't, he shall be destroyed."
Oh, boy . . . they were having a council.
The little boy, now a young man, looked pretty husky after riding
horses all the time and they wondered about him. The soldiers and the
guards of the castle had a meeting. They said, "There's only one thing
we can do. The girl had her eye on him and he had his eyes on the girl,
and they were pretty near smiling. There must be something that she's
attracted about, so he has to be destroyed."
The guards and the soldiers all agreed, "Sure."
The king called the Captain of the soldiers, "Captain, tomorrow I want you
to take your three men and stand them in the ring. And I want the soldiers
to see how good this man is. Take the best man you have with a sword,
and that man and the little boy may have a sword fight. That's the only
way he'll win my daughter. If he can't, he's no man!"
The guard of the castle and the Captain of the soldiers said to
the boy, "You should have a sword. Have you got one?"
"Can you get one?"
"I think I can."
"You should have a sword. You see this? We have a sword, like this.
Get one, nothing bigger, nothing smaller. Can you get a sword this big?"
The boy said, "I think I can. I will try."
"Have that sword tomorrow when we're ready for you."
So it happened that they put him in a locked cell alone. He took
that little box again and shook it, and there fell a sword, just the same kind,
but of a better material. It was made of better material, but it was
the same kind. It was a nice and heavy sword. It was a better material,
and it was a dandy. "This is my sword," he said, and stuck that sword
on the side of his belt.
So the next morning they called him in after they had another meeting.
They called him, "You shall come. We see you have a sword. Oh, a beautiful
sword. That's the same thing we have. Okay. Fine."
During the meantime he could hear the swords clattering in the
ring before he went in. The king's men were practicing. They were practicing,
and they had shields; they were practicing for him. He knew what
was going on. When he walked in, the people pulled others aside to look
on. The whole city came and looked in: "We have a stranger in town.
Let's see if he's any good."
The people of the town -- of the city -- said, "I believe that
boy looks good. He's honest; he looks honest. Well, we'll see
if he is honest. Maybe he's got power."
So anyhow, they talked as on-lookers.
The chief guard of the castle and Captain of the soldiers -- the
best man of the three guards, and the one that the girl was supposed to
marry -- was sent out first. He was husky; he was the strongest, and he
was a boss of the whole works.
The king said, "If you get any one of my three best men with that
sword, or if they get you, that's all right. I want you to prove how
good you are. So let's go to it."
They took the boy into that ring and those sword-men were walking
around. The best man on the sword was there -- with a shield.
The poor boy didn't have any shield. And the great king said, "Don't
give him our shield. Don't furnish him any shield, as long as he's in
the ring now. He's supposed to be prepared."
But the people said, "That's not fair to go in without a shield."
But he went in even without a shield, as an honest man.
The people said, "If he thinks he can do it, all right."
Then, just about that time, the best man came a-dancing with his
sword. That sword was swinging and the boy just stood back and was crowded.
But he slapped that guard's sword down just like nothing. And every
time the boy hit the guard's sword, it almost snapped, but his sword
never even bent. His sword was solid. And when he'd make a motion you
could hear that sword whistle by. How quick he was with it!
The king's man commenced to be scared. The best man of the guards
and soldiers commenced to be tired and scared of the boy. He tried hard
to stab the boy. He tried hard to chop him down. The boy was so quick,
so brave, so honest, that the best man couldn't chop him down. Then
the boy made up his mind. "It's about time that I showed him. I gave
him a chance to get me."
It was about that time the boy stepped back, and just when he was
stepping back -- just that quick -- the boy had that sword in that man's
The man laid down.
The two others each said, "I will try it."
The boy said, "You better not. Your best man has lost."
The little boy fought the second of the three, the next best sword-man
the king had. The second guy didn't last two minutes with him. The second
man tried going after him right away, but the boy saw him come and slapped
him down. How quick he was with that sword! He slapped the second guy
in the neck with the sword, and he went down.
"But you are going to be tired some time, you know. The third man'll
get you," the king said. "Go to him!"
The third guy also figured that the boy was tired. The third sword-man
was big and strong, and he was sure that he was going to be the best.
And the third guy came to the boy and chased him around the ring with
the sword and the shield. This boy didn't have a shield, but he had
his hand up in the air. He said, "Great! Down!"
And he went after the third sword-man and cut him down.
That was a good fight they had.
Everybody ran to him. They were scared of him and wanted to grab
The king said, "No. Nobody touch that sword. You see that guard?
If you touch that sword, I'll have that man strike you down."
The people ran to the boy. The crowd ran to him. "You're great.
You're great. You have proven yourself that some Great Spirit is helping
you. We saw that hand without a shield. When you were without a shield
you used that Shield-up-in-the-air -- the Great; you had one hand in the air, and
one hand on the sword. We saw that you were asking the Great Spirit
to help you. You wanted help from that Shield-in-the-air, and the minute
we saw that, we saw the king's man go down with your sword."
The boy was a sword-man that had proved himself to be great!
What was he?
He remembered his experiences; this boy remembered
the experience of the people that were in the prison. He never forgot
the experience with the animals helping, and the WINDIGO. And
he remembered the lectures of the great blacksmith.
He remembered that the big, strong blacksmith told him, "Beware!
There are great men around. You don't know who they are. Watch yourself
and when the time comes you will be prepared for them." Those were the
lectures he got, and he took them -- he took them!
The people whispered to the boy. They whispered lots, because they
didn't want their enemies to hear. "You're getting
to be big. You're coming into the world." They whispered to him. They
didn't tell him loud or anything, they whispered in his ear, "Look out,
you're coming into the world."
After the third man went down, they helped the boy out of the ring
and the king told the new Captain of the guards to bring the boy to his great castle.
The boy went in a second door of the castle. He went in a third door,
and the third door was all red and flashed with gold trimming. When
the boy went in, he stood in the doorway and the guards opened the door.
The king rose from the chair and said, "My great friend, come unto me.
Come unto me. You have proven yourself. You have proven that you are
a great man. You have shaken hands with me."
He turned and looked at his daughter. Then he turned back and said
to the boy, "You have won my great daughter. You shall marry my great
daughter. I want her to have a great man who will be able to take care
of her in life. I want her to have someone to care for her in the future,
with your way of life. I want someone to care for her with your people
and with my people. You shall have my daughter, and you shall become
a king -- the great o-gii-mah, chi-o-gii-mah, the King,
the great leader of all."
"Your Honor . . . ," the boy said, but before he could finish the girl grabbed him by the hand
and kissed him. She kissed him on both sides of the cheeks. She said,
"I love you. I loved you when first I saw you. I read your eyes, your sweetest
smile. You have come to me. I will marry you."
And the king fired all of those master guards who were giving the
boy a rough time; he fired all of them. He said, "You go out into the
world and bum like I did when I was young, and earn your own living. Your easiest job
is over, and your cruelty is all done. I will repay you now."
They had a great time for the boy's wedding. At that feast the king said,
"My people. You know that he won the fight, this boy that came. He is
a great man. He shows his honesty. He shows his hard way of life."
He told the boy, "you'll be the husband to my great daughter here.
You shall go out in this world. You shall live here until you want to
move from this place. If you want to move, or if you want to live here,
the whole area is yours. You shall run it right. You shall work hard
for yourselves, and that way you will make it through honesty. So you are
married to my daughter. And you, my daughter, are married to this man.
Daughter, you are married to this son."
"Friends," he said, "he's married to my daughter and he shall be
the prince of my place. For my people, I was a king for a long time.
I'm getting old as a king, so my son-in-law will be the prince. As the
prince, I'll give him all the power. Whatever he wants to do, let him
run it. I'm feared to say anything against him. He's so good and so
honest and I'm so happy my daughter is going to have a great man."
So they got married. The marriage was certained by the king. And
the king gave her the chair on one side of himself, and he gave the
boy the chair on the other side. They had a great feast when they married.
Pretty soon out came the king's wife. The king's wife said, "My
son, go out into the world and get food for her. Go out in the world
and teach all of them the hardest way of life."
The woman reached over, "Daughter, he's the master of you. I cannot
say a word to you any more. I cannot say a word to you, or to him."
And the king said the same: "Now we're retired. You people shall
take and help us, and help all in the country. You shall rule this great
stone building with its stone walls. Right from this moment this is
So they walked in the other room and they sat together there and
they were all having a big feast. Everybody was looking, and the boy
said, "I remember great days." The people of the area of this great
castle walked by, shaking hands with them, hugging them, and they were
happy with big smiles.
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So everything went along. They were married and the feast was all
over. After everything was all over, everybody went home. The people
went home; they bid them good-bye, happy marriage, happy days, and everything,
and they left. And the people knew that there was going to be a big
change coming to the area.
The soldiers said, "We may see different changes with these new
great Captains guarding. There'll be a big change with this great man;
he's so fast and quick with his mind. And he's so honest. He's a man
of his word. I think there's going to be a big change in this great
city, in this great castle."
The new king and his new wife went into the castle. And the two
sat together. They had a special room for them to talk, to sit and talk,
and the two talked together. They talked it over. And the girl said,
"Where's your horse? I like your horse too. He will have a good barn.
Your horse will have a good barn."
"I am glad my horse will have a good barn. I think the world of
that horse. He is very smart."
"What do you mean?"
"I talk to my horse."
"Does he talk?"
"No, but he understands me. He's the one that helped me find the
way here. I shall go see my horse, to see if he's there."
He walked out, and the Captain of the guards did not make a move
when he walked. The boy's clothes sparkled; he had changed all together.
When he was fighting with a sword he just flashed all over, his clothes
were turning with silver. He went out to see his horse, like he told his new wife. There was his horse standing there. His horse was beautiful with
silver on the saddle. But the horse had his head down. He wouldn't eat.
The boy wondered what was wrong with the horse. "Maybe they did something
to my horse."
But the horse said, "No."
He was so surprised when the horse spoke: "Little boy, as you have
grown up now, and have gone into the world, you shall take that sword
that our friend of the animals gave us and you shall cut me right back
of the ears. Cut my neck off. If you're brave enough, do that, and the
light of the world will come."
"I can't! I can't! You brought me here!"
"Yes, you shall. If you can't lay that knife over the back of my
neck, if you can't hit me hard, lay it back of my neck and I'll show
"I can't! I can't!"
"Go ahead. I'm not going to wait long," the horse said. "Something
might happen if you don't do what I tell you. That's why I brought you
So the boy laid the sword back of the horse's neck, with the back
edge on the horse's neck, and he put his hands over his eyes.
"Now!!!" the horse said.
The boy heard something drop. He peeked through his fingers and
saw that horse's head was down. Somebody said, "Now take your hands off
from your eyes and look."
The boy raised his eyes, and where the horse was standing there
now stood a great man. There was a great man standing, looking at him.
He said, "I'm your uncle. I'm your uncle, my boy. I'm your dad's brother.(11)
I had a hard time to bring you back here. I met you down there by the big wolf's home. I hear
that you're a great man now. Now you shall go out in the world and you
should be happy. But I want to tell you something, my boy. You didn't
obey your father and mother in the first place, so that's why you had
to go through all this hardship. That's why you had to ask all of our
animal friends for help. And that's why the Great Spirit has had to
His uncle had power. His uncle had lots of power and through
his Indian beliefs and will power he could help the little boy. That's what
he was there for. And that's why the horse is smart as a man. Indian powermen talk
to the horse, they clean the horse, they train the horse. Horses are
easy to train. They're as smart as a man. They see you, but they cannot
talk. Years ago, people changed themselves into animals to help people out when they were in trouble.
"Now I want you to go back down with me to where we came from,"
the horse told the boy.
Just about that time the old king called on him. He said, "You've
proven yourself that you're great. There's only one thing that we've
"You cannot run this castle without a key. Have you got the key?"
He thought to himself, "They might blame me."
"There's a golden key for this castle, but it's lost. I asked the
girl if she had the golden key and she said that she's the one that
lost it. Now we have the marriage here. I have to call off the marriage
if the golden key isn't found."
"That's a hard one. Where did she lose it?"
The boy walked up to the girl, "Where did you lose it?"
"The Captain of the sergeants took me out for a ride in this boat
and I lost my key to the castle in the water. It dropped out of the
boat," she said.
"Quite a ways out there in the lake -- about half way out -- out into
the seas, maybe a couple of miles. The golden key is there. I accidentally dropped
the golden key out there."
"Did it have a ring on?"
"No, it was just the golden key. It dropped out of my hand."
The young boy said, "I will try to go get the golden key. I'll
go to this lake. Don't worry about the key. I shall go get that key.
I'll try. I shall try."
He knew what to do. He went down and he put some tobacco in the
water. He said, "Great Spirit, come back unto me."
The Great came back unto him.
"I have a problem. It's getting rougher all the time. Will You
help me please?"
He called all the fish in and he threw a feast for the fish by
the dock which he had. He spoke to the sea, the land, the water and
the land: "You have messengers in the waters of all types. I have a
question to ask, for our underwater help. We have lost a golden key
and I want to ask all of you to help me find it."
Pretty soon he saw a bunch of fish in the water coming right to
the shore and going after the tobacco that he threw in. The fish were
big and small. Different sizes of fish -- all different sizes of fish --
came into the meeting.
He said, "Fish! I'm asking you a question."
They all stopped that quick.
"Will you listen to me?"
They all listened to that great man talk.
"Is there any one of you that has seen a key on the bottom of that
"Well, go on."
They all left.
"All right then."
A "lawyer" came behind. A "lawyer's" supposed to be a fish that
people say they don't like. You know what a lawyer is; that's what we
call an "eelpout." You know how they look. It's an eel fish.
It has a long tail. And they're very good eating. They have the nice
rich liver; it's fat, just like cod liver oil. It's a healthy fish.
A "lawyer" came behind. He is a very slow fish, but that "lawyer"
will get there eventually. That lawyer was pretty well dressed. There were check
lines on the lawyer. There were spots here and there. He looked so beautiful
with his coat shining, with a smile. The lawyer was happy.
"Lawyer. I want to find out if anybody knows where the key is.
That's why I called you in for this feast."
The one that some say isn't good for anything spoke up. "Say,"
he said, "I'm sorry I got here last, but I was just told something about
this golden key. I heard it was dropped out there in the lake by this
new king's wife. It fell out of the boat, and there's nothing that can
get in that palace without it. No king will get in there until that
key is returned. That's the message I got."
"Lawyer, did you see anything on the bottom of the water?"
"Oh yes," he said. "Oh, yes."
"What did you see? Please tell."
Lawyer spoke up. The lawyer -- that's the eelpout -- spoke up. "Say,
I think I understand what you are talking about. When I travel, I generally
poke along next to the bottom. And you see the pretty designs on my
back. I travel so proud with those designs. Well, as I was coming along,
I saw something shining in the sand bottom. I thought I saw some gold
out there. But I didn't know what it was. It looked like a little stick.
It's not very big. I hit it around, and it moved. It looked like it
could have been the golden key. At least I think it might have been
the key because I think what I saw was metal."
"Go get it."
He went just as fast as he could go. Boy that eelpout shot out
of there. An eelpout can go(10) when they
want to. He was gone. He was gone a little while. He wasn't gone a few
minutes when he came out of that water with the golden key. He came
back and he had the key. The lawyer came to the top of the water and
the great man took that key.
The old king's daughter was waiting there too, and the little boy
gave her the key. "This is your key."
They walked up to the castle and saw the power horse -- that horse
who was the man with power who was then his uncle.
"See?" his uncle said, "I'm helping you all the time. I turned into the
horse to meet you. Now son,(12) think it over. Who helped you? Your father
and mother didn't. You wouldn't listen to them, and your uncle had to
help you. So now come on, I'll show you where your father and mother
They took a trail by that sea. They took a trail and they walked
over to a familiar place. "You see that point out there?" He said, "See
that point out there? That's where WINDIGO got you."
"You see that house there. An old log house?"
"Son, that's where your father and mother are. And we shall see
They went over to the house, and the boy and his uncle walked in, and asked them, "Ah, oh, are you so and so?"
"Ohhh, my boy!! Ohhhh, my son!!"
"That's our son!! That's our son!! That's our son, GWASHUN!!
Ohhhh, we didn't know where you went."
"Where were you?"
He said, "I didn't mind you. I was lost. The great WINDIGO
took me. Now, I regulate this area. Come on, for a better home."
And the old people had a better home in the castle, and they were
Now this is just a story, my children, to think of what'll happen
if we don't listen. That's the story of Windigo Cannibal and
Gwashun, the boy who did not obey his father and mother.
That's the end of the story.