Tee-Pee Tales III…

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BUFFALO, FIELD-MOUSE AND RED-FOX cont…

…In another part of the meadow Red-Fox was hunting mice for breakfast. He saw one and jumped on him with with all four feet but the little fellow got away.

In his disappointment Red-Fox heard a distant call, “Bring a knife!”

He started in the direction of the call and as it got louder he continued.

By and by he came across the body of Buffalo lying on the ground with Field-Mouse still standing atop it.

“If you dress this Buffalo for me I shall give you some of the meat,” said Field-Mouse.

“Very well,” said Red-Fox, and he dressed the Buffalo while Field-Mouse sat on a mound nearby looking on and giving orders.

“You must cut the meat into small pieces.”

When Red-Fox had finished his work Field-Mouse paid him with a small piece of liver. He swallowed it quickly and smacked his lips, “May I have another piece?” he asked.

“Why, I gave you the largest piece,” said Field-Mouse, “How greedy you are. You may have some of the blood clots.”

So poor Red-Fox took the blood clots and licked the grass. He really was very hungry, “I have six little ones to feed at home, may I take some more meat?”

“You can take the four feet of Buffalo,” said Field-Mouse, “that ought to be enough for your little ones.”

“And what of my wife,” said Red-Fox.

“Why, she can have the head,” said Field-Mouse.

Thereupon Red-Fox jumped on Field-Mouse who just had time to let out a faint squeak before he disappeared.

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5 thoughts on “Tee-Pee Tales III…

    1. Yes, that is one interpretation, Robbie… The original tale had a ‘moral’ tacked on to the end… ‘If you are proud and selfish you will lose all in the end’.
      However, I tend to read this one as a reference to the ‘Other-World’ and its dues…

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  1. It is amazing how cultures separated by thousands of years have similar tales. This reads like an Aesop’s Fable. Guess that’s why the stories survived because for every generation and every culture a universal truth lies behind them

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