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| 203 26. Rock Squirrel’s Grandson (second version)1 rock squirrel and coyote, his nephew, camped somewhere near Williams. Rock Squirrel always hunted deer and brought them to camp. Rock Squirrel had a baby girl, but there was no woman there. Perhaps they were dead or had run away. Coyote took care of the child while Rock Squirrel went hunting. Rock Squirrel had a white dog who stayed home with the baby. Coyote cut up the deer Rock Squirrel brought home. Rock Squirrel’s child grew up and helped Coyote. Coyote took some blood in his hand and threw it on the girl’s thighs. “Oh, my sister, you are ill,” Coyote said to the little girl. She got angry at Coyote and just lay down. Coyote said, “My sister, I want you to get up and do work around here.” She became angry. In the morning she went away, the dog with her. When she got tired, she lay down in the shadow of some trees. She sent the dog back. She said, “I think my brother Coyote does not like me. I am not a big girl to be ill, I eat meat up; that is why he sent me away.” She started to walk along and the dog went with her. It would not go home. She always sent the dog back, but he would not leave her. “My brother does not like me. I will not go back to our camp again.” She started on again and pretty soon the sun went down. She said, “My dog, I want you to go home; I do not want to go home. My brother does not like me. You go back home.” She had nothing to eat; she was very hungry. She went on and said, “My dog, I want you to go back. I do not know the road and I do not know where a water hole is. I may die here myself. I want you to go back.” She went on further and then she stopped and said to the dog, “I am going to die somewhere. But I will give you something.” Then she cut off her vulva and rubbed it on 204 | part ii the dog’s nose. The dog ran back. The sun went down and she slept somewhere. The next morning she went on, but her mouth was dry. She had nothing to eat or to drink. In the afternoon she lay down under the trees. She had a tibia of a wildcat (sa’a’k, dice?) hanging on her belt. She stuck it into the ground. After a while the water came out and she drank it. After she drank the water she started to go on. She said, “I name this spring ‘Water That Laughs’ (Ahaga’djiha’diva).” She went on and slept somewhere; the next day she went until the sun went down. She slept and the next morning, after she had gone a long way, she got water again. But all this while she had nothing to eat. She called this water ‘Water That Talks’ (Aha’jadjigaθo’va), and she drank that water. She went on until she saw water somewhere. She drank that and did not have to make water. She went where the sun goes down. She saw many Indians camped there far off. She went over there and came to the first camp. The Indians saw the girl and said, “Some girl has run away from her husband.” They made fire a little way off, and they all came over to see her. They all wanted to marry her, but she did not like them, and so they did not get her. Quail was the only one who had not come. Toward morning the Indians said, “She does not like any of us; you try her.” “Maybe she will not like me. You are good Indians and she does not like you. She will not like me.” But he painted himself and went over to where the girl sat. She sat with her head down, but was not asleep. He slipped down near her, and she jumped up and caught him. She married Quail. They camped a way off, and she had a baby boy. The child grew very fast. His mother said, “I am not from here. I came a long way. I want you to go see your grandfather.” But the boy pretended not to listen; he just played around with...


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