A long time ago, there was a young native, who wished to court the village girls. But there was a problem, he loved only one girl.
One day he went to wait for her in the river, in the place where they fetched water in the morning, and when she arrived their eyes met, but when she felt the young man's desire, she smiled and said:
Who do you think you are? Do you think I would marry you? A simple resident among the tents who doesn't even have his own tent? Absurd. And with perverse words and injuries, she made him very ashamed.
The girl was the daughter of a great chief and looked with abomination at the poor young man, and went away carrying her water.
The young man stood there thinking: “She caused me great shame; It would be so good if I died immediately ”.
Then, at dawn, he shot an arrow to the north and walked in the same direction. At night, when he was about to rest, he found a fat moose immobilized by the arrow he launched. He took a piece of meat, roasted it and ate it. After eating, the pain in his heart was somewhat relieved; And very tired he soon fell asleep.
Then, for four days: at dawn he would shoot an arrow and at dusk he would find a moose wounded by the arrow. He killed the animal, roasted the meat and ate, until finally he felt a little more cheerful.
On the fourth night, he thought, "I think I could go home," but suddenly he heard human voices coming from the grove of trees. Expecting the worst he thought, “Even if they kill me, what is it! It is death that I seek. ” But when they approached, he heard that Dakota was talking.
One said, "Friend, give it to him," but the other replied, "No, friend, you give it to him." Once again, the first said: "Friend, you speak better than me." Again, the other refused, "But, no, friend, you tell him."
Finally, they stopped inside the circle illuminated by the fire, and the wonder of wonders, the young man saw that they were men of inexhaustible beauty and, while they stayed there, their bodies seemed to emit sparkling light.
Finally, one spoke saying: "Boy, we sure know that you have a lot of pain in your heart, but a second time it won't happen - listen well!"
They took a long flute and one of them started playing. From the mouth of this flute, which was made like a needle fish, came a sweet and penetrating sound.
Then they said to him, “Take this with you, boy, and go to your village. At midnight, when people are sleeping, cross the field playing this flute, and it will certainly happen that all the women will get up and follow you. ”
Then, the two handsome men turned and, behold, the young man saw two moose disappear among the trees.
The young man returned home, and while people were sleeping, he walked between the tents playing the flute. As the music traveled through the air, women emerged, dragging their blankets, and began to follow him. They surrounded him fascinated by the melody of the flute, but he ignored them all, marveling at the sound of the flute.
A girl approached him repeatedly, saying, “Say, don't you remember me? I am the chief's daughter. “But he heard only the wonderful sound that came from the mouth of the flute.
One girl, however, did not join the crowd. She sat alone quietly outside her tent. And it was she that the young man sought.
It was a beautiful wedding!
This boy is said to be the original moose.
Among the Dakotas, the moose symbolizes beauty, virility, virtue and male charms. It is sometimes said of a man that he is a moose. This is a great compliment.
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