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Native American Stories
As Told By Toy Story

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AIROS (home)

It was as my father told me a story of long ago.

The story of 2 maidens not unlike the maidens of our village today, for these maidens were special in that they had the power to dream waking dreams.

The 2 maidens much loved to lay awake at night and watch the stars in the sky, Many a warm summer night the maidens would sneak away from the safety of their village to lay upon the cool grass of the river bank look up into the sky at the never ending stars and make the plans for their future.

I will marry a brave strong warrior said the 1st maiden. He will be a leader of the people, his enemies will tremble at the mention of his name.

I will marry a good hunter and provider said the 2nd maiden. He will keep us all warm and fed through the killing winter months. Most importantly my warrior will love and care for me above all others.

As the maidens planned their futures they watched a shooting star split the heavens.

Hau cried the 1st maiden did you see the star fight its way to earth even now our warriors are trying to get our attention.

Laughing the 2 maidens fell back upon the earth and   gazed up into the stars at the many shapes and forms of the blanket of stars. Yes said the 1st maiden if you stare long enough the very shapes of the stars look like our wariors. She pointed to a group of stars to her right . Look and directly beside him is your warrior he carries the days hunt over his shoulder.

The 2nd maiden laughted at this talk from her friend. Yes she said and both of the star warriors watch us this very moment.

I wish they were watching said the 1st maiden. I would leave everything and everyone to belong to such a handsome warrior.

The maidens lay on the cool grass while the wind gently touched their skin and they watched the stars and prayed to their warriors not to forget them.

Slowly the 1st maiden awoke to the brightest golden sunrise she had ever seen. Looking around she realized she was no longer on the blanket of fresh green grass but laying in the largest lodge she had ever seen. Laying next to her was her friend who also was looking around her in astonishment. Where are we said the 2nd maiden? I know not replied the 1st maiden. But look at the furs we lay on have you ever felt anything so think and soft.

The maidens slowly looked out their lodge. Their eyes could not believe the sight before them. There were beautiful furs the finest they had ever seen piled higher than they could see. There were blankets and kettles many colors shapes and sizes. The corral was so full of horses that many horses roamed freely as far as the eye could see.

As the maidens took in all this wealth 2 warriors emerged from behind the mountain of furs.

The 1st warrior walked over to the 1st maiden and said. I have watched you from afar for many moons.   I have fallen in love with you and if you will consent to be my wife I will protect you from all harm. I will keep you safe forever ..

The 2nd warrior walked up to the second maiden. He said I also have watched you for many moons and my love for you knows no boundaries. If you will become my wife i will provide for you always and you will never know hunger again.

The maidens felt as in a dream but consented to become the wives of the 2 warriors. Wait said the warriors before you become our wives you must promise to do 2 things.

Anything said the maidens, just tell us and we will do this, you must agree to never see your families again and you must never look beneath the rock at the center of the camp. The maidens were hurt and confused, the rock is an easy request said the 1st maiden but to never see our families again said the 2nd maiden this is a cruel thing to ask.

The maidens thought of the request and as the warriors would not give on these conditions they agreed.

Life was wonderful for the maidens. They never grew hungry, they had riches beyond anything they had seen before and their lodges prospered without much work at all.

One day the 2nd maiden while gathering wood she stumbled across the forbidden stone. Why can we not look beneath the stone said the maiden. We have given up out precious families why should a stone be so important? With no thought for the warriors the 2nd maiden threw the stone away and looked beneath it.

The 2nd maiden screamed and fell to her knees. The 1st maiden and the 2 warriors came running to see what had raised the alarm. The 1st maiden also feel to her knees when she saw what lay beneath the stone. A small hole had been covered by the stone and when looking in the hole Mother earth moved in a perfect circle .

Terrified the maidens shrank away from their warrior husbands. With a great sadness the warriors said why; Why did you have to look beneath the stone did we not give you everything you had ever asked for. Did you not have the finest furs and riches. The grandest lodges you had ever seen, why did you have to do this.

The maidens shrank away and asked is this why you said we could never see our families.

Yes, said the warriors. We have watched both of you night after night as you lay upon the banks of the river and talked of us and our deeds. We loved you from afar. We are the star warriors you both watched and made plans for your future with.

We watch over the people in the good times and in the bad. We watched you also and against good judgement we fell in love with you. But now that you have looked beneath the stone we have no choice but to return you to your families. The warriors touched the eyes of their wives and the 2 maidens fell into a deep sleep awakening later on the bank of the river.

The dew had covered their bodies in a cool blanket and the sky spoke of the time just before dawn when the sun prepares to burst forth from her slumber.

The maidens rubbed their eyes. Did we dream that said the 1st maiden. The 2nd maiden shook her head to clear her thoughts and a comb fell from her hair. The comb sparkeled with a thousand glittering points of light As the 1st maiden leaned forward to look at this beautiful comb an identical comb also fell from her hair. Holding the combs the maidens looked into the sky and just as the sun claimed the sky a tiny sparkling star blinked and then disappeared.

Do the star warriors still watch and guide the people. I do not know but perhaps some night as you gaze into the starlit heavens you may answer the question for yourselves.

The Future Is But A Dream "Dare to Dream"

Go in Peace kola-----------kala


There was a time when all the animals lived in peace, when no one ate anyone else. All the animals were the same color, because they had not yet painted their faces.

Buffalo was the largest and strongest of the animals, and he was getting hungry, He wanted to be the chief of all the animals. He wanted to draw strength from all the other animals by eating their flesh. Buffalo wanted to become the eater of all the animals.

The Human People also said that they should become the chief of all the animals. People wanted to draw strength from all the other animals by eating their flesh. People wanted to become the eaters of all the other animals.

Buffalo challenged the Human People to a race, the winner of the race would become the chief of all the animals. The People said that they would accept such a challenge, but since buffaloes have four legs and People have only two, the People claimed the right to have another animal run the race in the People's place. The buffaloes consented.

The People chose the Bird People to represent them in the race. They chose Hummingbird, Meadowlark, Hawk, and Magpie.

All the other animals and birds wanted to join the race, too, each of them thinking that just maybe they too had a chance to become chief of all the animals.

All the animals took paint and painted the faces for the race, each according to his or her spiritual vision.

Skunk painted a white strip on himself and his symbol for the race.

Antelope painted himself the color of the earth for the race.

Raccoon painted black circles around his eyes and around his tail.

Robin painted herself brown with a red breastplate.

The race was to be held at the edge of the Black Hills at the place known as Buffalo Gap. The competitors would race from the starting line sticks to the turn around stick and then back to the starting line.

All the animals, painted according to their vision, lined up between the sticks. Among the animals were the Bird People, who would run the race with their wings for the Human People, and Runs Slender Buffalo, the fastest runner of all the buffaloes.

The cry was given to begin and all the animals and birds set out on the race. Hummingbird took the lead, ahead of Runs Slender Buffalo, but his wings were so small that he soon fell behind. As the animals neared the turn around stick, Runs Slender Buffalo took the lead.

Then Meadowlark came up beside Runs Slender Buffalo, and the two went along side by side right into the turn. Runs Slender Buffalo wheeled around the stick, her hooves thundering, and she pulled away form Meadowlark, who went wide to make the turn.

The animals in the lead passed the late runners who were still headed for the stick. Meadowlark fell behind and cheered on Hawk as he passed her.

Hawk gained on Run Slender Buffalo, and it looked like he might pass her. Her heart was pounding and her legs were tiring. But Hawk's wings were tiring also, and he soon fell behind.

Runs Slender Buffalo was nearing the finish line as the winner. It looked like the Buffalo People would become the eaters of all the animals!

Then, behind the buffalo woman, wings beating steadily, came Magpie. She was not a quick starter, but her wingbeats were hard and true. Her heart was strong. Her eyes did not wander form the finish line. She never looked back. Her wings were wide and she drove herself forward with beat after beat after beat.

All the other animals had fallen behind. Runs Slender Buffalo looked over at the magpie, but the magpie never looked away from the starting sticks.

With each beat of her wings she moved past Runs Slender Buffalo by no more than the length of her bill.

At the starting sticks, many animals began to line up to watch the finish. Raccoon, who had fallen out of the race early, had returned to the starting sticks.

Now he stood up between the sticks and put out his little hands for the runners to touch as they passed. He would feel the touch of whoever was in the lead, and turn toward the winner.

Closer and closer came Runs Slender Buffalo, and some of the animals feared Raccoon would be trampled.

Magpie gradually flew nearer to the ground so she could brush Raccoon's little hands as she flew past.

Raccoon did not move, but stared straight at the onrushing pair. Magpie seemed to be pulling ahead.

Runs Slender Buffalo leaned forward as she ran to touch Raccoon's hand with her great nose.

Magpie's wingtip touched Raccoon's little hand and he turned toward her and instant before Runs Slender Buffalo thundered past and he was surrounded by a great cloud of dust.

All the animals waited breathlessly for the dust to settle.

At last, there stood Raccoon with his little hand raised toward the path of Magpie.

The Human People had won the race!

The Buffalo wandered the great plains and ate grass and the people became the great hunters, the chief of all animals.

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