Native American Storytelling - For Real Now

From Franz Boas, Kathlamet Texts. Washington, DC: Bulletin of the Bureau of American Ethnology 26 (1901), 26–32

There was a chief of a town. His relatives lived in five towns. In the morning he used to go outside and stay out to look at the Sun. The Sun was about to rise.

He said to his wife: ‘‘What would you think if I went to see the Sun?’’

His wife said to him: ‘‘Do you think he is near that you want to go there?’’

On the following day he went out again. Again he saw the Sun. It was nearly sunrise.

He said to his wife: ‘‘Make me ten pairs of shoes. Make me ten pairs of leggings.’’

The woman made ten pairs of shoes and ten pairs of leggings. The next morning he went. He went far away. He used up his shoes and his leggings. Then he put on another pair of shoes and leggings. He went for ten months. Then he had used five pairs of shoes and five pairs of leggings. He went for ten months. Then he was near the place where the Sun was rising and he had used all his shoes. Then he found a large house. He opened the door. There was a girl. He entered and stayed there. He saw arrows hanging on one side of the house. Quivers full of arrows were hanging there. There were hanging shirts of elk skin, wooden armor, shields, stone axes, bone clubs, and head ornaments. Implements used by men were hanging on the one side of the house. On the other side were mountain-goat blankets, dressed elkskin blankets, buffalo skins, dressed buckskins, long dentalia, shell beads, and short dentalia. Near the doorway some large thing was hanging. He did not know it.

He asked the girl: ‘‘Whose are these quivers?’’

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