one time, there was a little girl who owned a pet rabbit,
which she loved very dearly. She carried him on her back,
like mothers carry their babies. She made him a small
pair of moccasins and at night, shared her bed with him.
The little girl had a cousin, who liked her very much
and wanted to honour her. So her cousin said to herself,
"When women wish to honour their relatives and friends,
they ask to hold their babies and carry them around. I
will ask my dear cousin, to let me carry her rabbit around.
In this way, I can honour her. "
she went to the little girl and said, "Oh, dear cousin,
I love you very much and wish to honour you. Let me carry
your rabbit around on my back for this day."
The girl said to her, "Oh no, I do not let my little
grandchild go away from our tipi."
the cousin persisted, "Oh do let me carry it. I do
so want to show you honour. " At last, she let her
go away with the rabbit on her back.
the little girl's cousin came home to her tipi, some rough
boys were playing about, and began teasing her. They threw
stones and sticks at her and the rabbit. Then at last,
a stick struck the little rabbit upon the head and killed
her rabbit was brought home dead, the little rabbit's
adoptive mother wept bitterly. She cut off her hair in
mourning and all her little friends wailed with her. Her
mother mourned with them too. "Oh sister, your child
is dead and now you shall be lonesome. He was always so
kind and gentle. Oh, how we shall miss him. "
little girl's mother called in her friends and made a
great mourning feast for the little rabbit. As he lay
in the tipi, his adoptive mother's little friends brought
many precious gifts and covered his body with them. At
the feast, robes, kettles, blankets and knives were given
away in honour of the rabbit. When the feast and giveaway
had ended, they wrapped the rabbit in a fine robe with
his little moccasins on. Then they placed him in a high
place upon a scaffold.