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This story is suitable for children age 6 to 8 approx.
Manibozho is changed
into a wolf..
From American Indian Tales by H.R. Schoolcraft.
Start of Story
ONE evening, as Manabozho was walking along the shore of a great lake,
weary and hungry, he met a great magician in the form of an Old Wolf,
with six young ones, coming toward him.
The Wolf no Sooner caught sight of him than he told his whelps, who
were close beside him, to keep out of the way of Manabozho, "For I
know," he said, "that it is that mischievous fellow whom we see
The young wolves were in the act of running off when Manabozho cried
out, "My grandchildren, where are you going? Stop and I will go with
you. I wish to have a little chat with your excellent father."
Saying which, he advanced and greeted the Old Wolf, expressing himself
as delighted at seeing him looking so well. "Whither do you journey?"
"We are looking for a good hunting-ground to pass the winter," the Old
Wolf answered. "What brings you here?"
'I was looking for you," said Manabozho. "For I have a passion for the
chase, brother. I always admired your family; are you willing to
change me into a wolf?"
The Wolf gave him a favorable answer, and he was forthwith changed into
"Well, that will do," said Manabozho. "But," he said, looking at his
tail, "could you oblige me by making my tail a little longer and more
bushy, just a little more bushy?"
"Certainly," said the Old Wolf; and he straightway gave Manabozho such
a length and spread of tail that it was continually getting between his
legs, and it was so heavy that it was as much as he could do to carry
it. But, having asked for it, he was ashamed to say a word, and they
all started off in company, dashing up the ravine.
After getting into the woods for some distance they ran across the
tracks of moose. The young ones scampered off in pursuit, the Old Wolf
and Manabozho following at their leisure.
"Well," said the Old Wolf, by way of starting the conversation, "who do
you think is the fastest of the boys? Can you tell by the jumps they
"Why," he replied, "that one that takes such 'long jumps, he is surely
"Ha! ha! you are mistaken," said the Old Wolf. "He makes a good start,
but he will be the first to tire out; this one who appears to be behind
will be the one to kill the game."
By this time they had come to the spot where the boys had started in
chase. One had dropped what seemed to be a small medicine-sack, which
he carried for the use of the hunting party.