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keep your legs moving as if rapidly running, or
the people will suspect something unusual."

"There was a great crowd to witness this race be-
tween the two great Moose, to represent the Moose
people, and the son of the chief and his unknown
brother-in-law to represent the Elks. When the sig-
nal was given away they started over the icy trail.
The Moose soon were at the front, with the chief's
son not far behind. Nanahboozhoo was purposely
a little in the rear, and so was able to spring upon
the wolf's back without attracting attention.

"With this steed under him he sped along with
marvelous rapidity. At the half-way point of the
race he overtook his brother-in-law, and giving him

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his hand, they were soon far in front. When they
rushed in ahead there was great excitement. The
Moose people were soon running back to their vil-
lage with the Elks whipping them to the very doors
of their wigwams.

"After this the Moose dare not challenge the Elks
to any further contest, but they were so furious that
they meditated murder in their hearts toward the
young stranger, who had, they now saw, been the
cause of their many defeats. Nanahboozhoo, how-
ever, easily thwarted their evil schemes, but at length
some of them were so bad that his anger was aroused
and he exerted all his magic power.

" 'Moose you are by name/ he said to them, 'and
for your bad deeds I change you into the animals
after whom you are named. Hereafter you will live
in the swamps, among the willows and young birch.
On them you will have to browse for a living. For
a little variety in your food you may, in the summer
time, go out into the shallow waters and paw up and
eat the great roots of the water-lilies/

"Thus the Elks again had peace and quietness.
Gambling was never again allowed among them, and
Nanahboozhoo, after receiving their grateful thanks,
returned to his own country."

"What did he do after that?" asked Sagastao.

"Not much, for a while; but after a time he de-
cided to go away up North. Each fall, however, he
comes and looks around to see how everything is
going on. Then he rests on some of the mountains
and has a big smoke, which settles down on the hill-

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sides and valleys and makes the beautiful hazy time
which we all call the Indian Summer."

"Well/* said Minnehaha, "if the smoke of Nanah-
boozhoo's big pipe of peace makes the beautiful haze
of the lovely Indian Summer, it is about the best
thing I have heard yet of tobacco smoke doing."

And so say we all.



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GLOSSARY



Ana-mak-qui, Evil spirits or magicians.
An-nun-gi-tee, The ghost with big ears.
Ja-koos, Strong-armed.
Keche-Wapoose, Great Rabbit.
Kin-ne-sa-sis, Little Fish.
Kosh-ke-e-wa-see, Partridge.
Ma-hei-gan, Wolf.

Mani-boos or Manitoos or Munedoos, Spirits.
Me-squah-be-me-sheen, Red Willows.
Minne-ha-ha, Laughing Waters.
Mis-ta-coo-sis, Aspen Tree.
Mis-mis, Grandfather.
Moos-wa, Moose.
Moo-she-kin-ne-bik, Sea Monster.
Musk-a-moot, Medicine Bag.
Mud-je-kee-wis, West Wind.

Na-nah-booz-hoo, Son of Mud-je-kee-wis West Wind.
Nah-poo-tee, Wolf.

Ni-koo-chis, Solitude name of a giant.
Nokomis, Grandmother.
Ome-mee, Pigeon or Dove.
Oo-kis-ki-mu-ni-sew, Kingfisher.
Oo-see-mee-id, The Younger.

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Se-si-giz-it, The Older.

Pa-peu-pe-na-ses, Laughing Bird.

Pug-a-mah-kon, A hammer.

Puk-an-eh, Grasshopper.

Sa-gas-ta-oo-ke-mou, shortened to Sagastao, The Sunrise
Gentleman.

Sa-ke-how, Beloved.

Se-se-pask-wut, Sugar.

Sis-tin-a-koo, The magician who guarded the fire in the
interior of the earth.

Shu-ni-ou, Money.

So-qua-a-tum, Steadfast.

Sou-wa-nas, South Wind, The great Story-teller.

Sou-wa-na-que-na-peke, The Voice of the South Wind
Birds.

Wah-ki-e-gun, The House.

Wau-be-noo, The East.

Wakonda, A supernatural Person.

Wakontas, Son of Wakonda.

Wau-konug, Lichen.

Wenonah, Daughter of Nokomis and mother of Nanah-
boozhoo.



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