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280 | 45. The Bungling Host Fires the Brush1 porcupine lived somewhere. he cleared the ground for races and games. He wanted to build a fire with a bundle of tinder (tcakaya’l). There were many deer about; he thought he would kill them with fire. Fire burns all trees; the deer cannot escape through it, but must run into the camp and fall dead. So Porcupine built fires all around the deer. The fierce blaze came near. Porcupine ran back to the clearing. He wanted to go under the ground to escape burning . He scraped at the ground; it was quite soft and water came out of it. The fire came close to the spot where the water was coming out. When the water had all come out Porcupine went into the hole. The deer were all killed in the clearing. After a while Porcupine came out. The fire was out. Porcupine saw that he had plenty of deer. When he cut the deer up he dried the meat on the trees. He lived there cooking the deer meat. After a while Coyote came from a great distance and said, “Well, I have to go see my uncle.” He found Porcupine living there and saw that he had plenty of meat drying in the trees. Porcupine cooked for Coyote and Coyote slept with him. In the morning Coyote returned. Porcupine gave Coyote a quantity of meat and fat. Coyote tied it on his back and started to return. He went a little way and asked, “My uncle, how do you kill the deer?” “Oh, I make a fire in a wide circle and clear a place in the middle. Then I scrape a hole and go under the ground so the fire does not touch me. That is how I killed the deer,” said Porcupine. “Oh, so you do that,” said Coyote. “There are plenty of deer around my camp. I will do that too. My uncle, I want you to come and stay with me after four sleeps. You will have plenty of meat there, just as here.” After four days Porcupine thought of his nephew the bungling host fires the brush | 281 and said, “Well, my nephew said he was going to kill deer. I will go over and see.” Porcupine went to Coyote’s camp, but found that he was not there. He thought, “Perhaps he is off hunting somewhere.” He looked around for his tracks but found that they were old. He saw that Coyote had made a fire just as he had done, but that Coyote had not gone into the ground as he had. Coyote had burned up and died. Then Porcupine went back to his house and stayed there.| notes | 1. Told by Manakadja; interpreted by Lillie Burro; recorded by E. G., 1921. ...


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