Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Beggar's Son Part VII

San'hode' di' begaeye returned home. The younger sister recognized him and said, "Did I not tell you that other person was not our husband, and you answered me and said there was no one like him?" And the father-in-law came out and said, "Did I not tell you that person (coyote) ate allot more than my son-in-law?"
Then the father of the two women commanded that the children begotten by the Coyote should be killed. But the young man said "No." He took them to a place called Tqo che eko, and they became little animals somewhat like a coyote, but with black faces, short tails, webbed feet, and they climbed trees. They lived along the water and were called Tapan mai, along the water edge coyote.
By this time the young man's son, San'hode'di's first born, was a youth. The beggar's son called to the youth and said, "Come here my son, and stand before me. You will now go to the mountain called Taho chee, and you will live there. You will be over all the game, because of you all the People of the Earth will have game forever."
He began his chanting, and the son began his journey. He went first to Rainbow Springs, and circled it four times. Traveling the way the sun goes. Then the antelope of the plains came and in circled the youth. Then he ran in front of the herd to the mountain that San'hode'di' had told him about and disappeared out of sight into the mountain.
The beggar's son set out for his mothers house. His two wives wanted to go along but he said that they were to remain at their fathers house in the village. After he left they said to each other, "We have nothing to do here, let's follow at a distance."
At his mother's house, he, by his chant, gathered up all the beautiful goods and wrapped them up into a small bundle which he put into his bag.
So the four set out, and they visited all of the places that the beggar woman and her son had received ill treatment. All of the places where the men and boys treated them badly, the beggar's son took their wives. This was done to get even with them for what they had done to his mother and himself.
When they arrived at the mouth of Tse gee (Sage Canyon) They found that the two young wives' moccasins were wore out. At that place there was a small rock, he stood them up on it side by side, and traced their footprints, and set his flute on their feet. He began chanting and sent them back to their father's house on his flute. Then his flute returned to him.
He built a house high up on the canyon wall. And the two lived there, the man and his mother. The house is called Kin'nee nil gaeye, the house with white bands. (Side bar: I have seen this house with my own eyes. I had gone to a prayer meeting like I have already told you about, and didn't notice it until the next day.)
At first the young man called her "Mother", but as he was a Holy Being he remained young, and his mother grew old, he then called her "Grandmother". And she called him "My Son" then "My Grandson".
I think that this is a good place to end the story. San'hode'di' had many adventures after that as it is truly a continuing story... He did much more "visiting" on the wives of the people of that region. That is why some say that you should always be kind to the poor and not treat them badly... You never know, San'hode'di' might be around....

Thanks for the patience, I am what I am


  1. That certainly was interesting, and gives us all something to think about. Great writing....
    'Louisiana Reader'

  2. What a beautiful story Mike. I look forward to Hearing more when I get home.

  3. I agree with Gaelyn, this has been a beautiful story Mike and I thank you for sharing it. As far as I can see, one should be kind to everyone, always, not matter who or what they are. I believe in treating people as I would like to be treated, with respect and kindness.