The "girls" in this first Sioux story that you will read are birds, grouse to be specific, who wear "speckled blankets over their backs" — as you can see in this picture of a female grouse:
[Notes by LKG]
This story is part of the Sioux unit. Story source: Myths and Legends of the Sioux by Marie McLaughlin (1916).
The Rabbit and the Grouse Girls
"Come and get inside," he said to the grouse girls.
"Oh, no, we are afraid," they answered.
"Don't be afraid, I can't hurt you. Come, one of you," said the rabbit. Then as each hung back, he added coaxingly: "If each is afraid alone, come all together. I can't hurt you all." And so he coaxed the whole flock into the bag.
This done, the rabbit closed the mouth of the bag, slung it over his back and came home.
"Grandmother," said he, as he came to the tepee, "here is a bag full of game. Watch it while I go for willow sticks to make spits."
But as soon as the rabbit had gone out of the tent, the grouse girls began to cry out: "Grandmother, let us out."
"Who are you?" asked the old woman.
"Your dear grandchildren," they answered.
"But how came you in the bag?" asked the old woman.
"Oh, our cousin was jesting with us. He coaxed us in the bag for a joke. Please let us out."
"Certainly, dear grandchildren, I will let you out," said the old woman as she untied the bag: and lo, the grouse flock with achuck-a-chuck-achuck flew up, knocking over the old grandmother and flew out of the square smoke opening of the winter lodge. The old woman caught only one grouse as it flew up and held it, grasping a leg with each hand.
When the rabbit came home with the spits she called out to him: "Grandson, come quick. They got out but I have caught two."
When he saw what had happened he was quite angry, yet could not keep from laughing. "Grandmother, you have but one grouse," he cried, and it is a very skinny one at that."
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