old Indian story :
The friendly mole
long time before the white man came, there was in Indian tribe. They
only ate buffaloes. Every day they sent sentinels to watch out for the
buffaloes. But one day, the sentinels slept the whole night. In this
night the buffaloes went away. The Indians had nothing to eat. Now the
chief of the tribe, Blackfoot, sent out four men. They had to look for
One man went to the
East, another to the West, another to the North, and a last one to the
South. The Indian who went to the North asked a snake: ”Have you seen
the buffaloes?” The snake answered: ”No, I haven’t.” The Indian was sad.
He returned to the tribe. The Indian who went to the West asked a dog:
”Have you seen the buffaloes?” The dog said: ”No, I haven’t.” So he
returned home. The Indian who went to the East asked a wolf: ”Have you
seen the buffaloes?” The wolf answered: ”No, I haven’t.” So he went home
sadly. The last Indian who went to the South asked a mole: ”Have you
seen the buffaloes?” The mole answered: ”I haven’t seen them but I have
heard and felt them from under the earth. They ran south.” So the
Indian said: ”Thank you”, to the mole. Then the Indian had a good idea:
He made a fire and sent smoke signals to a friendly tribe in the South.
The friendly Indians should chase the buffaloes to his own tribe. When
the buffaloes came there, the tribe had food again. The Indian became
the new chief of the tribe.
Tilman Hohenberger, 6b