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Miohpokoiksi (The Lost Children, a.k.a. Pleiades) As Told By Dan Weasel Moccasin

Dan Weasel Moccasin tells a version of Miohpokoiksi or The Lost Children. This was originally recorded by the Alberta Science Centre.

Subject: Cosmology, Buffalo, Folklore, Pleiades, Weasel Moccasin, Dan

Transcript: They are people, they were from here, boy children. The buffalo came and were giving birth. The boys were walking around. One of them told his father to get him an unborn buffalo calf that was still in the belly of the mother buffalo. That is what he wanted, an unborn buffalo calf. That evening, when everyone got back, he asked his father if he was able to get him an unborn buffalo calf. The father replied, "No son, I was unable to get you an unborn buffalo calf." The boy then walked away with a sullen expression, and where he stood another boy went to him. Then more boys. There were six boys who stood by him, they all had sad expressions on their faces. Finally one of the boys said, "I told my father to get me an unborn buffalo calf, but he was unable to get me one." Then another of the other boys said, "I had also asked my father to get me unborn buffalo calf, and he wasn't able to get one for me." Then all the other boys said, "I told my father the same thing and wasn't able to get one too." The young boys were all hurt by this. Then one of them said, "It's not good, because when we ask our fathers to do something for us they don't do it. So in the future, that is what will always happen when we ask them to do something for us, they won't do it or listen to us. So let's all go in a different direction." They all agreed and they met about it. A while later one of them said, "It is not good to continue to be on Earth, because our fathers don't listen to us. Lets go up into the sky and we'll live there." They all agreed and were all standing there. The one who suggested this must have been powerful. His wife had a plume in her hair and he plucked a piece off. Then he told the rest, "I will ask to close your eyes and I'm going to blow on this. I will tell you when to open your eyes." Then they all closed their eyes and he blew on the plume. That was when they all went up. When they got up there they were told to open their eyes. The one who took them up said, "Let's all meet and agree on something." So they all sat down. Then he told them, "The reason why we went up was because we were all unable to get an unborn buffalo calf. That is the reason why we came up here. I am going to tell you now, when the buffalo start calving we will no longer be around. They can continue to calve. When the buffalo time ends for calving, that's when we will continue to exist as the stars in the sky. That is how it's going to be for us. Also, regarding where we came from, we will be able to facilitate the people in having dreams. It will be the same. There are seven of us. We'll call it 'dipper.' On the left side, that is where they'll see us, the dipper. It will always be the same. So in the future, when they tell the story of us, they'll know." It is not a long story. That was how the story was told. They were seven people from here when they went into the sky. That's all.


Publisher: Kainai Studies Archives, Red Crow College, P.O. Box 1258 Cardston, AB T0K 0K0, Canada


Asset Date: 2010-01-15

Format: Video


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CONTENTdm number: 223

Date modified: 2014-02-28

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