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MYTHWOODPECKER

ANOTHER STORY ABOUT ST. PETER IS THE ONE ABOUT THE LADY WHO WAS
BAKING LITTLE BREADS ONE DAY AND A LITTLE OLD MAN CAME TO HER WINDOW
STARVING AFTER TRAVELLING SO FAR PREACHING AND ASKED HER FOR A SMALL
LOAF OF BREAD. HOWEVER, WHEN THE WOMAN LOOKED AT EACH BREAD AS SHE
ROLLED IT, IT LOOKED TOO BIG TO GIVE AWAY. SO SHE KEPT ROLLING AND
ROLLING TRYING TO MAKE HIM A VERY SMALL ONE, UNTIL SHE GAVE UP AND
KEPT THEM ALL TO HERSELF. SO ST. PETER, ANGERED BY HER ACTIONS, TOLD
HER FOR THE REST OF HER LIFE SHE WOULD HAVE TO SCROUNGE AROUND FOR
FOOD AND SO HE CHANGED HER INTO A BIRD EXCEPT FOR HER KERCHIEF, AND
SENT HER UP THE SOOTY CHIMNEY. THIS IS WHY YOU ALWAYS SEE THE
WOODPECKER PECKING AWAY AT THE BARK ON THE TREES AND ITS BODY IS
BLACK FROM THE SOOT IN THE CHIMNEY, AND ITS HEAD IS RED LIKE THE
LADY'S KERCHIEF.
(SHARE WHATEVER YOU HAVE AND NEVER THINK YOU ARE GIVING TOO MUCH,
FOR THE TIME MAY COME WHEN YOU NEED SOMETHING AND YOU MAY HAVE TO
ASK FOR HELP FROM SOMEONE).

Submitter comment: FROM ITALY IN THE EARLY 1900S

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Characteristics of Animals
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero

Date learned: 10-00-1973

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STORY

ELEPHANTS HAD NO TRUNKS, AND ONE DAY WHILE IT WAS GETTING A
DRINK OF WATER A CROCODILE WAS SWIMMING CLOSE TO THE SHORE
& IT GRABBED THE ELEPHANT BY HIS SHORT NOSE & STARTED TO
PULL & PULL & PULL TILL IT LOOKS AS IT IS TODAY.

Submitter comment: PROBABLY TOLD TO CLASS BY LOWER GRADE TEACHER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Characteristics of Animals

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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HOW THE SNAKE GOT ITS RATTLE

EVERY DAY THE OL' SNAKE FOUND HIS SELF GETTIN' STEPPED ON, RAN OVER,
KICKED AROUND OR SOMETHING WHEN HE TRIED TO CROSS THE PATH DOWN BY
MASON CREEK. HE WAS GETTIN' MIGHTY TRIED OF IT: SO HE TOLD THE LORD
SAY, "LORD, I'M GETTIN' MIGHTY TRIED OF FOLKS STEPPING ON,
RUNNING OVER AND KICKING ME AROUND - JUS' AIN'T FAIR. I LIVE DOWN
HERE TOO; I GOT JUS' MUCH RIGHTS AS EVERYBODY ELSE DOWN HERE;
PEOPLE DON'T PAY NO ATTENTION TO ME, LORD: THE SNAKE COMPLAINTED.
"COULD BE THAT THEY JUST DON'T KNOW WHEN YOU'RE ABOUT. CAN'T
BLAME 'EM, CAUSE YOU IS WAY-LOW-DOWN, YA SEE", THE LORD ASKED THE
SNAKE. THE SNAKE SAID, "YOU KNOW, YOU MIGHT BE RIGHT." "I KNOW,
HERE, TAKE THIS HERE SHAKER, EVERYTIME YOU SEE SOMEBODY COMING YO'
WAY YOU JUS' SHAKE IT. YA' HEAR ME NOW?", THE LORD ASKED THE SNAKE.

Submitter comment: I HAVE HEARD A SIMILAR STORY IN ALABAMA ABOUT THIS SNAKE'S RATTLE; I
NOTICED A LOCAL NAME - "MASON CREEK".

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI

James Callow Keyword(s): COMPOUND EPITHET: WAY-LOW-DOWN ; METATHESIS: TRIED FOR TIRED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Characteristics of Animals

Date learned: 00-00-1940

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HOW THE ROBIN GOT ITS RED BREAST.

IT WAS COLD IN THE STABLE AT BETHLEHEM WHEN JESUS WAS BORN. IT HAD
RAINED THE NIGHT BEFORE AND TRY AS HE MIGHT JOSEPH COULDN'T LIGHT
A FIRE BECAUSE THE WOOD WAS WET. MARY HELD THE BABY TO KEEP HIM WARM
BUT JOSEPH NOTICED HOW SHE SHIVERED FROM THE COLD. HE KEPT FANNING
THE SPARKS WITH HIS HANDS, HOPING TO START A FLAME.
THERE WAS A BIRD IN THE RAFTERS WATCHING ALL THIS, AND WHEN JOSEPH
WENT TO GET MORE STRAW, THE BIRD FLEW DOWN AND BEGAN FANNING THE
SPARKS WITH HIS WINGS. SUDDENLY, THERE WAS A FIRE AND THE LITTLE
BIRD BURNED HIS BREAST. THE LITTLE BABE HAD SEEN THE HAPPENINGS AND
HE PROMISED THAT THE BIRD WOULD WEAR THE MARK OF HIS GOOD DEED,
HE WOULD HAVE A RED BREAST. THAT'S HOW THE ROBIN GOT HIS RED BREAST
AND EVERY TIME YOU SEE ONE, THINK OF THIS STORY AND YOU WILL HAVE
THE PEACE OF CHRISTMAS DESCEND UPON YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Characteristics of Animals

Date learned: 06-00-1964

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THE RACCOON'S EYE MARKINGS

BECAUSE THE RACCOON WAS SUCH A SNEAKY ANIMAL, GOD GAVE HIM A BLACK
MASK SO HE'D LOOK LIKE A CRIMINAL.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): RACCOON

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Characteristics of Animals

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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WHY DOGS HAVE WET NOSES

THE DOG HAS A WET NOSE BECAUSE HE WAS LATE BOARDING THE ARK AND
NOAH HAD NO PLACE TO KEEP HIM. THUS, FOR FORTY DAYS AND NIGHTS HE
HAD TO STAND ON DECK IN THE RAIN.

Where learned: DETROIT, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Characteristics of Animals
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.40

Date learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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HOW THE GIRAFFE GOT A LONG NECK

THE GIRAFFE USED TO HAVE A SHORT NECK LIKE A HORSE. GIRAFFES
STARTED EATING THE LEAVES OFF TREES AND AS THE LOWER LEAVES WERE
EATEN AWAY THEY HAD TO STRETCH TO REACH MORE. THIS MADE THEIR
NECKS LONGER UNTIL THEY REACHED THEIR PRESENT LENGTH.

Submitter comment: THIS, INTERESTINGLY, IS SIMILAR TO THE LAMARCHIAN THEORY OF EVOLUTIO

Where learned: DETROIT, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Characteristics of Animals

Date learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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THE SNAKE

THE REASON THAT THE SNAKE CRAWLS ON ITS STOMACH IS THAT WHEN ADAM
ATE OF THE FORBIDDEN FRUIT, GOD CONDEMNED THE SNAKE, WHICH USED TO
WALK UPRIGHT, TO CRAWL ON ITS STOMACH, FOR TEMPTING ADAM.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Characteristics of Animals

Date learned: 11-18-1968

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RED ROBIN

THE ROBIN GOT HIS BREAST RED WHEN HE PULLED A THORN OUT FROM
CHRIST'S HEAD WHEN HE WAS ON THE CROSS.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BIBLICAL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Characteristics of Animals

Date learned: 11-02-1969

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DONKEY SUPERSTITION

IN HER TRAVELS, MISS STEWART HAS SEEN DONKEYS WHICH ARE SUPPOSED
TO HAVE BEEN DESCENDED FROM THE DONKEY THAT BORE OUR LORD IN
JERUSALEM. THESE DONKEYS BEAR A LARGE BLACK CROSS ACROSS THEIR
BACKS IN COMMEMORATION OF THIS, THE REST OF THEIR BODIES BEING A
LIGHT BUFF COLOR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BIBLICAL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Characteristics of Animals

Date learned: 07-00-1964

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SNAKE MYTH

THE SNAKE LOST ITS LEGS, WHEN IT TEMPTED EVE IN THE GARDEN
OF EDEN, THE LORD COMMANDED THE SNAKE TO CRAWL ON ITS BELLY FOREVER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BIBLICAL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Characteristics of Animals

Date learned: 10-25-1969

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THE DARK STRIPE RUNNING DOWN THE BACK OF A DONKEY IS SAID TO HAVE
ORIGINATED AT THE TIME WHEN THE DONKEY CARRIED CHRIST INTO JERUSALEM

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): BIBLICAL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Characteristics of Animals

Date learned: 12-01-1967

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BELIEF

THERE IS A CERTAIN TYPE OF FLOWER THAT HAS RED SPOTS ON IT. THIS
FLOWER ORIGINALLY GREW ON CALVARY HILL AND GOT ITS SPOTS WHEN THE
BLOOD OF THE CRUCIFIED CHRIST DRIPPED ON IT.

Submitter comment: MISS DAMIN WAS TOLD THIS BY HER HUNGARIAN GRANDMOTHER WHEN SHE WAS
A LITTLE GIRL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BIBLICAL

James Callow Keyword(s): HUNGARIAN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Characteristics of Animals

Date learned: 12-00-1963

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BELIEF

THERE IS A CERTAIN TYPE OF BIRD WHICH HAS A TWISTED BEAK. IT
RECEIVED ITS TWISTED BEAK BECAUSE ON THE CROSS, BIRDS FLEW OVER
JESUS CHRIST. THE LITTLE BIRD STOPPED TO PULL THE NAILS OUT OF
CHRIST'S BLEEDING BODY. BUT HE COULDN'T DO IT AND TWISTED HIS
BEAK TRYING.

Submitter comment: MISS DAMIN'S GRANDMOTHER, MRS. JOSEPHNE DAMIN, TOLD MARIA THIS WHEN
SHE WAS A CHILD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BIBLICAL

James Callow Keyword(s): HUNGARIAN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Characteristics of Animals

Date learned: 12-00-1963

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BELIEF

THE CHIPMUNKS HAVE STRIPES ON THEIR BACKS BECAUSE THAT IS WHERE
ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI STROKED THEM WITH HIS FINGERS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BIBLICAL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Characteristics of Animals

Date learned: 12-00-1963

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A DOG IS ONE OF THE MOST PERCEPTIVE OF ANIMALS. HE IS ABLE TO
HAVE SOME SORT OF COMMUNICATION WITH THE DEAD. THERE WAS AN
INSTANCE IN NORTHERN OHIO, WHERE MRS. CAMPBELL GREW UP WHICH SHOWED
THIS POWER OF THE DOG. A WOMAN DIES AND WAS BURIED. THE FAMILY
DOG WOULD BE GONE ALL DAY FROM THE HOME AND RETURN AT NIGHT MUDDY
AND TIRED. THIS WENT ON FOR ABOUT A WEEK. FINALLY THEY DECIDED
TO FOLLOW THE DOG AND SEE WHAT IT WAS DOING. THEY FOLLOWED IT TO
A CEMETERY WHERE THEY FOUND THAT HE HAD BEEN DIGGING TO THE DEAD
WOMAN'S COFFIN. THEY OPENED THE COFFIN AND FOUND OUT THAT THE
WOMAN HAD BEEN BURIED ALIVE.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): FAITHFUL ANIMALS

James Callow Keyword(s): PREMATURE BURIAL

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Characteristics of Animals
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Mammal

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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WHY SPIDER WAIST IS TINY

SPIDER HAS ALWAYS BEEN A THIEF AND A ROBBER. HE IS
ALSO KNOWN AS A COWARD. HE IS FOREVER RUNNING,
OR IS READY TO RUN, THE MOMENT HE THINKS HE IS
DEFEATED BY ANYONE STRONGER THAN HE IS. THE SPIDER
ALSO SNEAKS UPON THOSE LARGER THAN HIMSELF BY STABBING
THEM SUDDENLY WITH POISONOUS DARTS. WITH STEALING
AND RUNNING, HE HAS DEVELOPED AMAZING SPEED AND
SURPASSING AGILITY. BUT ONCE HE OUTSMARTED HIMSELF
AND HE CAME CLOSE TO DEATH. HE WAS MAULED, LACERATED,
AND HAS RECEIVED SCARS OVER HIS ENTIRE BODY THAT HAS REMAINED
WITH HIM TODAY. IT OCCURRED DURING A FAMINE WHEN THERE WAS
HARDLY ANY FOOD AROUND. THIS PERIOD WAS VERY HECTIC FOR ALL
INCLUDING SPIDER. SPIDER STEALING HABITS BECAME VERY VICIOUS.
HE WAS CONSTANTLY TRYING TO FIND WAYS TO STEAL FROM OTHERS.
IT IS TO BE NOTED THAT SPIDER WAS AFRAID TO OPERATE AT NIGHT
BY HIMSELF. NIGHT AS WE ALL KNOW IS A GOOD TIME TO STEAL.
SPIDER NEEDED A LITTLE LIGHT TO STEAL SO HE MADE FRIENDS WITH
FIREFLY. HIS STRATEGY WAS TO FORM A PARTNERSHIP WITH
THE FIREFLY, PROVIDED THE FIREFLY GIVE THE SMALL AMOUNT
OF LIGHT NEEDED FOR SPIDER'S DARK OPERATIONS. HE AND FIREFLY
WOULD STEAL A LOT OF FOOD WHILE THE ENTIRE VILLAGE WAS
ASLEEP AND DIVIDE WHATEVER THEY HAD EQUALLY. UPON MEETING
THE FIREFLY, SPIDER SAID, "HELLO, I CAN RECOGNIZE YOU BY
YOUR LIGHT". "AH AND BY MY LIGHT I CAN EASILY RECOGNIZE YOU",
SAID THE FIREFLY SARCASTICALLY. AFTER THEIR BRIEF
INTRODUCTION, THE SPIDER TRIED TO CON THE FIREFLY
"THE VIRTUE OF YOUR LIGHT WILL NOT SAVE YOU FROM
STARVATION IN THIS FAMINE". "WHAT DO YOU WANT HERE?" ASKED
THE FIREFLY ANGRILY. "IF YOU ARE WAITING FOR MY LIGHT TO
DO A DIRTY DEAL, FORGET IT, YOU MAY AS WELL BE WASTING
GLORIOUS TIME. I WILL PUT NOTHING PAST YOU". " OH, DROP YOUR
SUSPICION", THE SPIDER ANSWERED QUICKLY. "ACTUALLY I WAS
LOOKING FOR YOU WITH A PURE HEART. I DON'T WANT ANY FUSS.
I HAVE A LOT OF RESPECT FOR YOU. YOUR LIGHT CAN BE A GREAT
SERVICE TO US DURING THIS FAMINE. I COULD SAVE YOUR
LIFE OR WE COULD DIE TOGETHER." "ALRIGHT, ALRIGHT", SAID THE
FIREFLY. "THAT SOUNDS LOGICAL", SAID THE FIREFLY WEAKLY. "WHAT WILL
I GET OUT OF THIS DEAL?" "LOOK", SAID THE SPIDER. "IF I COULD
OPERATE AT NIGHT WHEN ALL ARE ASLEEP, I COULD
GET SUFFICIENT FOOD FOR US TO EAT. "ONLY IF YOU WOULD COME
ALONG AND MAKE SOME LIGHT WITH YOUR PRESENCE". "OKAY", SAID
THE FIREFLY RELUCTANTLY. "YOU ARE VERY WISE. THE GOOD ARE
SELDOM WISE. YOU HAVE HEARD THE CALL OF DUTY AND HAVE NOT
HESITATED WITH TEARS LIKE A SCARY CHICKEN". AND SO IT WAS. THE
FIREFLY AND THE SPIDER WENT OUT AT NIGHT TOGETHER. THE FIREFLY HAD
HIS LIGHT AND THE SPIDER PULLED THE BASKET OF FISH FROM THE
RIVER INTO SEVERAL BASKETS. HE ALSO STUNG THE FISH TO DEATH
AND EXTRACTED THEM ONE BY ONE FROM THE BASKETS. BY THE FIREFLY'S
DIM LIGHT HE DRAGGED THE FISH TO HIS HOUSE AND DIDN'T GIVE THE
FIREFLY ANY FISH AS WAS PROMISED BY THE SPIDER. THIS
CONTINUED UNTIL THE FIREFLY BECAME RESENTFUL AND ANGRY.
HE TOLD HIMSELF THAT HE WILL REPAY THE SPIDER FOR HIS SELFISHNESS.
THE FOLLOWING NIGHT THE SPIDER COLLECTED MORE FISH. HE WAS
ABOUT TO DRAG THEM HOME WHEN SUDDENLY THE FIREFLY PUT OUT
HIS LIGHT AND FLEW AWAY. HE ALSO DIDN'T TELL THE SPIDER
THAT HE WAS LEAVING. SPIDER IMMEDIATELY CAME TO THE CONCLUSION
THAT THE FIREFLY HAD PERISHED. SPIDER QUICKLY COLLECTED THE
FISHES AND DRAGGED HIMSELF TO A HOUSE WHICH HE THOUGHT
WAS HIS HOUSE. WHEN HE OPENED THE DOOR HE WAS GREETED BY
THE LION. THE LION QUICKLY TIED SPIDER WAIST AND BEAT HIM
UNMERCIFULLY. THE LION TOOK A BRIEF REST AND SPIDER SNEAKED
AWAY. THIS TIME HE MADE IT HOME WITH A TIED WAIST, BROKEN RIBS
AND SWOLLEN EYE. THE TIGHT CORD AROUND SPIDER'S WAIST
DIVIDED HIS BODY INTO TWO PARTS. EVEN SPIDER'S WIFE WAS
UNABLE TO UNTIE HIS WAIST FOR FEAR THAT SHE MIGHT SEPARATE
HIS TINY BODY INTO TWO PARTS. THEREFORE, SPIDER'S BODY NEVER
LOOK THE SAME AGAIN. HOWEVER, HE IS STILL KNOWN AS THE THIEF
COWARD AND RUNNER THROUGHOUT THE VILLAGES OF LIBERIA
AND AFRICA. AS FOR THE FIREFLY, HE NEVER REALLY FORGIVE
HIMSELF FOR NOT USING HIS LIGHT CORRECTLY. EVEN TO THIS DAY
HE HAS TRIED TO CORRECT HIS MISTAKE WITH THE SPIDER
BY TURNING ON ALL OF HIS LIGHTS FOR THE WORLD OF THE BUGS.
AND EVEN SO, MANY OF THEM PREFER THE DARK.

Submitter comment: THE MORAL OF THIS TALE IS THAT INDIVIDUALS SHOULD
BE TRUTHFUL AND RESPECTFUL TO EACH OTHER AND
NOT TRY TO PLAY GAMES BY BEING DECEITFUL.

Where learned: LIBERIA ; MONROVIA

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- B246
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Characteristics of Animals
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Animal Tale

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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CHRIST AND THE ROBINS

THE REASON ROBINS HAVE RED BREASTS ARE BECAUSE WHEN CHRIST WAS
DYING ON THE CROSS BIRDS SNUGGLED UP THEIR BREASTS TO CHRIST'S
WOUNDS, IN ORDER TO CATCH THE FLOWING BLOOD. IN RETURN FOR THEIR
GOOD DEED CHRIST GAVE THEM THEIR RED BREASTS IN RECOGNITION FOR
THEIR DEED.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM A GRADE SCHOOL SISTER IN SECOND GRADE
AT HOLY NAME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CRUCIFIXION

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Characteristics of Animals
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Bird

Date learned: 03-31-1967

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HOW THE LOON BIRD GOT HIS LEGS SO FAR BACK

A LONG TIME AGO WHEN THE INDIAN GODS WERE WALKING ABOUT ON THE
EARTH, (THERE WAS) ONE INDIAN NAMED CALUPSO, WHO WAS CONSIDERED
A MIGHTY GOD, BUT A GREAT LAZY GOD. CALUPSO WAS A WOODLAND
INDIAN BECAUSE HE LIVED IN A HOUSE WHICH WAS A BARK COVERED HOUSE
WHICH WAS TYPICAL OF A WOODLAND INDIAN. CALUPSO DECIDED BECAUSE
HE WAS TOO LAZY TO HUNT AND WINTER WAS COMING AND HE WAS GOING TO
HAVE TO SET IN A SUPPLY OF MEAT AND FOOD SUPPLY FOR THE WINTER, HE
INVITED ALL THE BIRDS TO COME TO A GRAT FEAST AT HIS HOUSE.
WHEN THE BIRDS CAME, HE TOLD THEM HE WAS GOING TO TEACH THEM A NEW
SONG AND DANCE. HE TOLD THEM IN ORDER TO LEARN THIS DANCE YOU
HAVE TO CLOSE YOUR EYES AND DANCE AROUND ON A CIRCLE WHILE CALUPSO
SAND THE SONG. SO (HE) PROCEEDED TO SING AND THE BIRDS SHUT THEIR
EYES AND DANCED AROUND THE CIRCLE. WHAT THE BIRDS WERE DOING WAS
DANCING BY HIM WHILE HE WAS SINGING. AS THE BIRDS DANCED BY HIM,
CALUPSO WOULD GRAB A BIRD BY THE NECK, ONE AT A TIME, AND BREAK
THEIR NECK OFF THEIR BODY AND THROW THE BODY IN A PILE WHICH WOULD
BECOME HIS WINTER FOOD SUPPLY. THIS WENT ON FOR SOME TIME, UNTIL
ONE OF THE BIRDS BECAME CURIOUS. THIS BIRD WANTED TO KNOW WHAT
WAS GOING ON, SO HE DECIDED TO GET THE JUMP ON CALUPSO AND THE
BIRD OPENED HIS EYES. THE BIRD WAS THE LOON BIRD. THE LOON BIRD
SAW CALUPSO STRANGLE THE BIRDS AS THEY DANCED BY CALUPSO. WHEN
THE LOON BIRD SAW WHAT WAS GOING ON, HE SHOUTED THE ALARM AND
SHOUTED, "MY BROTHERS, CALUPSO HAS TRICKED US, HE'S KILLING US
US AS WE DANCE BY. QUICK GET OUT OF HERE, RUN FOR YOUR LIFE,
FLY AWAY." SO ALL THE BIRDS RAN FOR THE EXIT OF THE BARK HOUSE.
AS SOON AS THE BIRDS RAN BY CALUPSO OUT OF THE BARK HOUSE,
CALUPSO WAS VERY ANGRY BECAUSE THE LOON HAD GIVEN AWAY HIS TRICK.
SO AS THE BIRDS RAN OUT, THE LAST BIRD WAS THE LOON. AS THE LOON
WAS RUNNING, CALUPSO KICKED THE LOON IN HIS BUTTOCKS SO HARD
THAT HIS LEGS ENDED UP MOVING BACK ON HIS BODY SO THAT FROM NOW
ON THE LOON COULD ONLY TAKE OFF TO FLY FROM THE WATER, BECAUSE
HE NO LONGER HAD HIS LEGS WHERE THEY BELONG, IN FRONT OF HIM.
THAT'S THE LEGEND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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