Sadie M. Ingalls (Po-Naw-Po-Qua) Sac and Fox

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Why Crows Are Black

Once upon a time there lived a crow with some of his friends. Since their provisions were nearly all gone, his friends decided to go out hunting and the crow was obliged to stay alone. Before leaving him, his friends told him not to touch the meat until they came home and he was beginning to get hungry, so forgetting the promise, he ate the meat. When his companions returned he was asked if he ate the piece of meat, but instead of telling the truth he denied the fact. He was told that he would receive a punishment from the Great Spirit, and this was that hereafter his feathers would always be black while heretofore he had possessed green plumage.

 

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