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The Medicine Man, the
Brave & Coyote Humor
One day a brave sought out the Medicine
Man known as Coyote's Eye as he was deeply troubled. He scratched
at the Medicine Man's tipi hoping he would hear the voice within
giving him permission to enter. He was invited to enter and
sit by the fire to speak of his concerns. Coyote's Eye listened
carefully as the brave spoke of his many troubles. His brother
was struggling with issues, his cousin was struggling with some
matters, two of his best friends were troubled and the list
just went on and on. In his wisdom, Coyote's Eye saw this man
needed help finding the answer to his problems so he handed
him 7 pouches and took him out into the sun.
"I want you to take these pouches
out into the heart of the forest this afternoon. Fill each pouch
completely with the dung of a different creature and then return
to me with the pouches at sunrise when I will instruct you on
the ceremony to solve your problem."
The brave agreed without question
knowing how wise the Medicine Man was and so he set out respectfully
on his expedition. He spent the afternoon combing the forest
floor for the required feces and it was nearly dusk by the time
he returned to the camp filled with scratches from the undergrowth
he'd had to work through. He was very pleased with his success
however, and when he scratched on the tipi at sunrise the flap
opened and out stepped the Medicine Man carrying his staff.
Coyote's Eye motioned to the brave
to follow and they walked down to the bank of the river the
village sat along. In the soft sand he drew a circle about three
feet across with the tip of his staff. Then he instructed the
brave to pour the contents of the pouches into the circle, next
he was to stomp the clumps of dung into a fine powder. The brave
did as instructed and he took great pride in doing a thorough
job of it too.
Next the Medicine Man told him to
take the pouches down to the river filling them with water and
to add that to the contents of the circle. Again with great
ceremony the brave did as he was told. Coyote's Eye told the
brave to find a stick and stir the contents until a thick mud
formed. The brave did this honorably with extreme ceremony as
he did not want to make a mistake. Obviously this was powerful
Medicine they were mixing.
Now while all this was going on
the people of the village were beginning to take notice and
they had begun to gather at a distance just out of sight to
observe. They knew if Coyote's Eye was involved that this was
an important matter so they watched closely as the brave carried
out his tasks.
When the Medicine Man was satisfied
that the brave had put enough effort into his work he instructed
him to step into the center of the circle and sit down. The
brave was not happy about this but he did respectfully do as
he was told. Then the Medicine Man told him that he was to focus
on each of his troubled thoughts and he had something to attend
to in the meantime. He told the brave he would return later
that afternoon. So as the brave closed his eyes and began to
focus on all the things that were bothering him the stench of
the mud began to rise challenging his focus. The sun beating
down on the mixture enhanced the stench bringing out the awful
aromas all the more so that
as time passed it was nearly unbearable for the brave to remain
in place, but he sat his honor nonetheless.
Being that this was a well-positioned
access to the river, throughout the afternoon the people of
the village would have to pass by him as they went about their
business. Those who passed him got a whiff of the smell and
began to chuckle, giggle, and chortle to him. It was annoying
but he did what he had to do and blocked out most of that. He
had clearly become the center of amusement for the entire village
and they would relentlessly point at the brave struggling to
hold his place. As the sun beat down on him the stench grew
stronger and stronger while the jokes became more than bothersome
and quite pointedly at his expense. He was feeling the sharp
edges of embarrassment pressing in on him.
It was near nightfall when Coyote's
Eye returned with the villagers eagerly trailing behind him.
By now everyone wanted to know what was going on. The Medicine
Man asked the brave how he was doing with his problems and if
he'd found his answer yet. It was pretty obvious he wasn't enjoying
himself much. His face clearly showed how unhappy he was as
"I'm uncomfortable, I stink,
and the people are making fun of me. It's going to take me a
week to get this stench off myself. I have found no answer,
only ridicule and I stink! Why did you have me do this, what
is the purpose?"
With a gentle smile and a mischievous
twinkle in his eyes Coyote's Eye replied:
"I thought by now you'd realize
there is no honor sitting in the middle of other people's crap
since you seem to gather enough of that your own."
At which time the startled brave
realized he had truly became the star of the show while the
villagers roared in laughter.
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