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Eagle and Wind's Daughters

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Great-Wind lived on the top of Mount Shasta.  She had two daughters, and many people went to buy them.  But they could not reach the place where the girls lived, for the wind blew them back.  The people were scattered about everywhere, who had been thus blown away.  The old woman did not want her daughters to marry.  At this time Eagle thought, "I must try!  I wonder if I cannot get there!" so he went.

Eagle sang as he went along.  Now, Coyote was setting snares for gophers.  He said to himself, "Where is it that some one is talking?"  He listened, and thought, "It sounds like a song.  It is a song."  He kept listening.  "It sounds like a song," he said; "some one must be singing."  It came nearer.  Coyote looked all about.  "Where is it that some one is singing?" he said.  Then Eagle came, flying.  "Eagle!  Where are you going?"  but Eagle went on, singing all the time.  "I want to go too!" said Coyote.  "Wait for me cousin!"--"Well, you can come too," said Eagle.  So they went on together.

Eagle put Coyote inside his shirt; and they went thus together, went to buy wives, singing as they went.  Now, soon the wind roared near by.  Now it blew; and as they got to the bottom of the hill, just there it blew Coyote out.  The wind tore open Eagle's shirt, and blew out what he carried there.  But Eagle kept on.  The wind blew very hard.  The skirt of hail, that the old Great-Wind woman wore, rattled as she turned round.  Eagle was blown quite a way back.  Again he came on, and got nearer.  Then he got pretty close, got over the smoke-hole, and then went in through it.  Again he was blown back, many times.  Finally he darted in suddenly in a lull in the wind, and sat down.  The wind lifted him off the ground where he sat, but the old woman could do nothing with him.  The wind blew the great logs in the fire about, but he still sat there.  Finally she gave up.  He was the only one who ever got there, to buy wives.

From Dixon, Roland B. Journal of American Folklore; Vol. 23 No. 87 p. 22-23.
Collected on behalf of the Huntington Expedition of the American Museum of Natural History.
The following myths were collected at the Grand Ronde and Siletz Reservations in Oregon, and at Oak Bar, Siskiyou County, California.


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