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One morning Nokomis found some Strawberry Blossoms among the grass growing about the Wigwam. /"Waughi*
she said, "O-day-e-rain (Heart-Berry) soon be ripe; time to pUntMun^au-min, the Corn!" I; ' :. . >, > :: J She knew it was the month of June/ the Strawberry Mooni arid that it was high' time to begin planting if she would' have a good supply of meal for the winter. So she<old Aundak,,the Crow, to fly' to the* HoUow Oak, where Big Bear siepK\l and tell him she. wanted him to help plant the Corn. She then brought put her corn hoes'- T which were made of fiat pieces of fiint-stcne, ground sharp and fastened with thongs to long wooden handles— and l made up a pack of food and cooking uten-"" sils to take along'tcrthe cornfield. j The'children carried the baskets of seed corn and Growling Bird shouldered a little hoe. I Nokomis spread a clean white cloth on the ground and helped them all to meat from the kettle. ' There were'also fresh-baked corn cakes' with maple syrup, g ' and every one had all he could eat— <xcept,' of course. Little' Bear. ;- ft ... In the meantime a great many Wild Crowi had gathered and sat perched,,, on a dead tree, watching and^cawing loudlyA .TheyltKbught;thcy, would; have a "\u25a0 t . fine time scratching up the corn as soon as iNokofnis^ arid the; others jwent home. V But in this theyVefe mistaken-^s you shall^see! * . •';\u25a0-- ~ '\u25a0'\u25a0\u25a0 *:» !•' - ? '. i . ' * T T Tr *W'.eithey gathered up tiidr pVepiririg to^^»tart homc'th^dld not notice Little Bear sleeping behind the log.^l : ' \u25a0 They suppos^ he gcrie^n a^^ **? \u25a0* Bbisidy-lbokirig figwe guarding thecon^^arid whim the'wihd rnaide the stone strike t^jma'^^^i^iiu^^--''-' like the sound of a war-gong; th^Arore panic^ttrick«W and Set& minify^^direction! • •, N v /,-''-* ' Little Bear.'of course, knew nothing of all thuu - He,wa« sleepmV. but Ms sleep mi troubled. >.• He had gorged him self and had a bad dream "about Windego that was sitting en his'stoiMchVs Suddenly the gong clanged out, "DINGJ • DANGIDONG!" and uo he jumped xnVfrij^tl^'gv^^*.;;^.^ \ :^^y^^ :^^ : -Wrl " ' ' '' -'' fTHErr SANv. FRANCISCO, vSUNDAYi CALt: \u25a0 .' Nokorhis knew weU enough what^tiie I Wild 'Crows were 'waiting \u25a0 for." but V she intended , to jiisappoint'them.' *f She told .Growling x Bird 'and Big" Bear , to' get : ?two long sticks and tie them together irTthe form of a cross, and set^it upright with „: the^white tablecloth 'draped over iv like 'a blanket. '^ She .made a round bundle'of grass arid tied a 'red_haridkerchief bwr it: thch'with a burnt stick'she drew a pic- ; ; '^e;of,Vh})rnble^hoJTible:fa^! [' :*'-.'' \- -' ' ' ,' /v/ v i •;'/';\u25a0• -. -yVtC .'Little Bear ate ail the scraps arid lav <dowti behind a log totake'a riap.v^^ : ;• ; *.' When they came to the field Nokbmis madc'a fire arid put some meat in a ; kettl^tojcbbk. ->Th"cn.3he and Growling -Bird began to hoe narrow trenches in the soil* while Yellow Hair foUowed. thenv^dropping a grain of corn at every step. The Indians were the "first ;to grow ''Maize." ;Thatb why it is caUed^lndian"Corn !;.*,., 'r>Z±s - - Because Big Bear's claws were so long he could not grasp "a hoe-handle very well, he busied himself pulling up roots and snags and picking and piling stones too heavy for Nokbmis wUft. -^ Aundak' ana Little Bear "helped" by hunting along : the trenches for ,wbrins and grubs, of which queer kind 'of food they, were rather fond. ; Hoeing corn is" pretty hard on little ; boys' backs." arid Growling Bird was not sorry when the seed was all planted and former ready. • • ' ::r.-i ; .' Alter, tney. had planted the framework .in the "ground, JanQ-puea, stones, vafound^it^tokeep it firnv they .hung the" white s!bth over t^e arms^while* Nokomis I ; tied the HorriWe-lodting ;h*ead ontbpbf it. v She"fastened a feather, and bunches"of /grass pn;it,^rriaking ; it wilder tfiari even i Little Growling Bird ffed tfie ; frying pan to one bfj the; arms, and a big stone hanging by a string dose beside it. The least , I bit ;'of;wind.wbukl have^swung, the, stone. against the . iron spari5 pari arid rnak; a Sg^eat ! p lt was enough^to scare* th"e bold cst Wild Grew* that evercaweti ! ; , j ...