There once lived a
Sioux couple who had two children, a boy and a girl. Every fall this
family would move away from the main camp and take up their winter
quarters in a grove of timber some distance from the principal village.
The reason they did this was that he was a great hunter and where a
village was located for the winter the game was usually very scarce.
Therefore, he always camped by himself in order to have an abundance of
game adjacent to his camp.
summer he had roamed around following the tribe to wherever their fancy
might take them. During their travels this particular year there came to
the village a strange girl who had no relatives there. No one seemed very
anxious to take her into their family, so the great hunter's daughter,
taking a fancy to the poor girl, took her to their home and kept her. She
addressed her as sister, and the parents, on account of their daughter,
addressed her as daughter.
This strange girl became
desperately in love with the young man of the family, but being
addressed as daughter by the parents, she could not openly show her
feelings as the young man was considered her brother.
In the fall when the main village moved
into a large belt of timber for their winter quarters, the hunter
moved on to another place two days' travel from the main winter camp,
where he would not be disturbed by any other hunters.
The young man had a tent by himself,
and it was always kept nice and clean by his sister, who was very much
attached to him. After a long day's hunt in the woods, he would go
into his tent and lie down to rest, and when his supper was ready his
sister would say, "My brother is so tired. I will carry his supper to
Her friend, whom she addressed as
sister, would never go into the young man's tent. Along towards spring
there came one night into the young man's tent a woman. She sat down
by the door and kept her face covered so that it was hidden from view.
She sat there a long time and finally arose and went away. The young
man could not imagine who this could be. He knew that it was a long
distance from the village and could not make out where the woman could
have come from. The next night the woman came again and this time she
came a little nearer to where the young man lay. She sat down and kept
her face covered as before. Neither spoke a word. She sat there for a
long time and then arose and departed. He was very much puzzled over
the actions of this woman and decided to ascertain on her next visit
who she was.
He kindled a small fire in his tent and
had some ash wood laid on it so as to keep fire a long time, as ash
burns very slowly and holds fire a long time.
The third night the woman came again and
sat down still nearer his bed. She held her blanket open just a
trifle, and he, catching up one of the embers, flashed it in her face;
jumping up she ran hurriedly out of the tent. The next morning he
noticed that his adopted sister kept her face hidden with her blanket.
She chanced to drop her blanket while in the act of pouring out some
soup, and when she did so he noticed a large burned spot on her cheek.
He felt so sorry for what he had done that he
could eat no breakfast, but went outside and lay down under an oak tree.
All day long he lay there gazing up into the tree, and when he was called
for supper he refused, saying that he was not hungry, and for them not to
bother him, as he would soon get up and go to bed. Far into the night he
lay thus, and when he tried to arise he could not, as a small oak tree
grew through the center of his body and held him fast to the ground.
In the morning when the family awoke they
found the girl had disappeared, and on going outside the sister discovered
her brother held fast to the earth by an oak tree which grew very rapidly.
In vain were the best medicine men of the tribe sent for. Their medicine
was of no avail. They said: "If the tree is cut down the young man will