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Thirty Indian Legends

BY MARGARET BEMISTER

THE GIANT BEAR

In the far north there was a village where many warlike Indians lived. In one family there were ten brothers, all brave and fearless. In the spring of the year the youngest brother blackened his face and fasted for several days. Then he sent for his nine brothers and said to them:

“I have fasted and dreamed, and my dreams are good. Will you come on a war journey with me?”

“Yes,” they all said readily.

“Then tell no one, not even your wives, of our plan.” They agreed to meet on a certain night so that no one should see them go. One brother was named Mudjekeewis, and he was very odd. He was the first to promise that he would not tell. The next two days were spent in preparations for the journey. Mudjekeewis told his wife many times to get his moccasins for him.