The Trickster: A Study in American Indian Mythology by Paul Radin

By Paul Radin

Anthropological and mental research through Radin Kereny and Jung of the voraciously uninhibited episodes of the Winnebego Trickster cycle.

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He was looking for something dead or decaying. ' This is what was in Trickster's mind. So he lay down at the edge of the water where the waves come up and took on the form of a large dead buck-deer, one who had died but whose body had not yet decayed. The crows were already there longing for the carcass yet nowhere could they find a place at which to attack it for the hide was still tough owing to the fact that putrefaction had not yet set in. Then the hawk came and the crows shouted at him. ' They had to call for him repeatedly before he came.

Aha, Mr. ' Then he went on. The hawk tried to get free but all to no avail. He could not free himself. At first he kept his wings flapping all the time but, after a while, he only flapped them intermittently. -35- 35 Then Trickster walked on. Soon he came upon a bear and the bear said to him, 'O, Kunu, how that tail becomes you? ''O, Kunu, how that tail becomes you! ' Then, after a while, the bear again spoke, 'O, Kunu, how that tail becomes you! ' Then Trickster answered and said, 'You are always talking in that way.

Then he went on. The hawk tried to get free but all to no avail. He could not free himself. At first he kept his wings flapping all the time but, after a while, he only flapped them intermittently. -35- 35 Then Trickster walked on. Soon he came upon a bear and the bear said to him, 'O, Kunu, how that tail becomes you? ''O, Kunu, how that tail becomes you! ' Then, after a while, the bear again spoke, 'O, Kunu, how that tail becomes you! ' Then Trickster answered and said, 'You are always talking in that way.

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