CHIEF: "I'm hungry"
PONY: "Clip-clop, clip-clop"
BOW AND ARROW: "Swiiiiiiisssssssssh"
FIRE: "Crackle, crackle"
TOM-TOM: "Boom, boom"
NORTH WIND: "Wooooooooo"
DEER: "Skitter, skitter"
Many moons ago in the land of the plains Indians - the tribes of
the Pawnee, Arapaho, Cheyenne and Kiowa - there was a village
that was in trouble. For many days no rain had fallen, and the
crops were drying up. The buffalo and the DEER had gone north to
seek better water holes. Their very existence depended on the
securing of fresh meat.
The CHIEF called a conference of all the male members of the
village. They all gathered around the FIRE as the TOM-TOM sounded
the call. When all were present, the CHIEF looked around the
circle. It was complete, even to his own son, a BRAVE of just
nineteen harvests. They discussed their problem until the FIRE
dwindled to smokey red ashes. Finally, the BRAVE stood up and
said that the only way was for a true-blooded member to go far
off where the DEER were grazing and return with food for the
village. He himself would go.
Early the next morning the BRAVE mounted his PONY. As the TOM-TOM
sounded, the BRAVE waved to his father, the CHIEF, and rode off
on his PONY into the NORTH WIND.
Onward the trail led with the BRAVE and the PONY getting weak.
The NORTH WIND howled with glee. Finally, he came upon a small
water hole. There, drinking, were two fine DEER. The BRAVE
tethered his PONY, aimed his BOW AND ARROW, and let fly two
The BRAVE started back to the village with the two DEER strapped
to the PONY's back. Southward they trod and the going was slower
and slower. Despite his hunger, the BRAVE ate very sparingly, for
he knew his people were depending on him. Finally, he came upon a
scout from the village. The Indian sounded his TOM-TOM,
signalling the CHIEF and the people, that the BRAVE and his PONY
That night there was a great rejoicing as the tribe gathered
around the FIRE, each eating a welcome slice of DEER. The BRAVE
told his story to the CHIEF and his people. This story of his
PONY and his BOW AND ARROW is relived today in Indian dance
legend to the sound of the TOM-TOM.