Many seasons ago.. a long time .. Coyote say to his woman, “I tired of sit around the lodge all day. I go to visit my friend Beaver.”
So Coyote goes visit Beaver and Beaver say, “Grandfather Coyote, welcome lodge. What will you have to eat?”
Coyote says, “Whatever you have to offer.” Beaver says, “Hard winter. Not much offer.” And Little Beaver jumps up and say, “Grandfather… You may eat me. But do not gnaw my bones.”
So .. they cook Little Beaver over fire and Grandfather eat Beaver. But as he eats, he gnaws on little bone. After eat .. Beaver takes bones and skin of Little Beaver .. bundle together… Soon Little Beaver comes back, live.
Grandfather Coyote says, “Ohh.. this is good.” Beaver says to Little Beaver, “Are you all right my boy?” Little Beaver says, “I am a fine father. I am fine Grandfather, but Grandfather bite on the second toe.” And that is why today if you look at beaver second toe, it looks like it been gnawed on. It is split.
Coyote thank Beaver very much and go home. But after he has gone, Beaver finds that Grandfather leaves tobacco pouch. And Little Beaver and his brothers say, “We will take to Grandfather.” Beaver says, “That is good. But you throw it to him. Do not go in the lodge. He very talkative.”
So they go. As they come to Coyote lodge, Grandfather Coyote says, “Who there?” Say, Little Beaver, “You leave tobacco pouch. I throw it to you.”
“Oh no, no don’t throw, come closer so I can talk. Come closer.” They come closer and Coyote say to Little Beaver, “Thank you for bringing tobacco pouch. You must tell your father to visit me.”
So Little Beaver goes home. Beaver says to Little Beaver, “Did you throw tobacco pouch to Grandfather?” Little Beaver says, “Grandfather says you must come to visit him.” And Beaver says, “Oh no .. you did not talk to him. Hmm. Now I must go to visit him.”
So Beaver went visit Coyote in his lodge. Coyote said to Beaver, “What will you eat?” And Beaver says, “Whatever you have to eat.”
Coyote says, “Hmm.. like at your lodge .. Hmm..” So he grabs one of cub Coyote and starts hitting him and say, “You will eat my little cub.” .. and start hitting him. And little cub starts crying and yelling and Beaver says, “Stop! Stop! You are hurting him.” and Coyote says, “But you do it .. why cannot I?”
And Beaver says, ” Because little cub is a little cub, not Beaver.”
So Beaver goes home.
Grandfather says to the old woman, “I tired of sitting in lodge. I will go to visit my friend Kingfisher.” Goes to Kingfisher’s lodge and Kingfisher says, “What will you have to eat?” and Coyote says, “Whatever you have.”
So Kingfisher dives in the lake and brings up fish. Give to Coyote.
Coyote goes home .. but leave the tobacco pouch. Little Kingfishers say, “Don’t worry father. We take a tobacco pouch to Grandfather.” And Kingfisher says too little kingfishers, “You throw tobacco pouch. Don’t go too close to the lodge. Grandfather Coyote very talkative.”
So they go to lodge. Grandfather Coyote says, “Who there?” Kingfishers say, “Little Kingfishers. We have a tobacco pouch. We throw to you.”
“Oh no, come closer so I can hear. You must tell your father to visit me.”
So little kingfisher to home and Kingfisher say little kingfisher, “You give tobacco pouch .. you throw tobacco pouch?” And little kingfisher says, “Grandfather says you must visit him.” Kingfisher says, “Oh no, you did not throw tobacco pouch, you talk to Coyote. I must go to visit him.”
So, Kingfisher goes to Coyote lodge and Coyote says, “Kingfisher, welcome. What will you eat?” And Kingfisher says, “Whatever you have.”
So, Coyote leaves lodge and dive into the river. Kingfisher watches. .. Grandfather did not come up.
So Kingfisher dives in and pull out Coyote. And Coyote says, “You do that. Why I did not do that?”
And Kingfisher says, “Because you not Kingfisher. You Coyote!”
Coyote never learns that he Coyote and not something else.