Manataka American Indian Council™
LEGENDS OF OLD:
Coyote Herds Sheep
For A White Man
White Mountain Apache Story
"I want you to herd my sheep for me," he said.
So Coyote started in working, herding the sheep. He
herded them all day till sundown.
The next morning he herded the sheep out to a lake,
about which many bulrushes were growing. When he got there he went after one of
the sheep and killed it. Then he cut off its tail and stuck this into the mud at
the edge of the lake. He killed lots of sheep. Each one's tail he cut off
and stuck in the mud, all about the place. This way he killed them all.
"Then let's get some shovels and go and dig them out," said the White man.
So they did and went back to the lake. The White man saw the tails of the sheep Coyote had eaten, sticking out of the mud. He believed his sheep had really all sunk into the ground.
Then Coyote told him, "Don't try to grab their tails and pull them out because if you do you might pull the tail right off."
In spite of this the White man thought he would try to pull them out by the tails, so he grabbed hold of one tail and pulled. Out came the tail, but nothings else.
Coyote said, "I told you not to do that. Now you have pulled the sheep's tail off!"
But the White man kept pulling out one tail after another. Finally when he had them all pulled out, he still thought that the sheep were in the ground. He didn't know Coyote had eaten them. He had no more sheep.
"Now all my sheep have gone in the ground. I have
none left," he said.
EMAIL HOME INDEX TRADING POST