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Chronicles of Oklahoma
Volume 4, No. 2
June, 1926
AN ANCIENT SIOUX LEGEND.

Oklahoma City Times

Page 199

An ancient Sioux legend of the creation is the most popular story in the repertoire of Chauncey, Yellowrobe, son of a Rosebud Sioux chieftain and a teacher in the federal Indian school, in Rapid City, South Dakota.

"When the Great Spirit had created his wonderland here of mountains and prairies and streams and trees," Yellowrobe tells his students, "he sought to fashion a human being worthy to enjoy its grandeur. He shaped the clay in his hands, and baked it in his campfire, but when he drew it forth it was pale and had not baked rapidly enough, and he threw it behind him.

"He moulded another form, and laid it in the hot ashes, but when he drew it out it was blackened and crisp. So he tossed it to one side. Then he moulded a new figure, even more carefully than before, packed the red coals around it, and when he lifted it from the fire it was red and sound and perfect.

"And he put it into the great wilderness of the west, and it multiplied its kind and was the tenant of the Great Spirit’s own garden."—Oklahoma City Times, May 7, 1926.

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