The Thunderbirds and Their Niece

Apä’cĭmĭn (Acorn of the Red Oak, John V. Satterlee, Menominee) and Alanson Skinner

Once upon a time, long ago, there was a young girl who lay asleep, not knowing anything. All at once she came to consciousness. Not having any parents she merely woke and knew her beginning. She rose and looked around. Then she started away walking along and wondering. She came to a river and stood there and gazed at the stream and by its current she realized what direction it was flowing. She chose to follow upstream, and try to find some living people, as she knew there must be someone alive. As she followed up along the bank she came to a stump, and examined it and kicked at it, until it fell over, being so rotten, and she knew it was cut long ago. She kept on walking till she came to another stump which looked fresher to her. She tried to turn it over but found it more solid; then she thought, “There are some people living nearby.”

The Thunderbirds and Their Niece