CREDOS: The offering of the pipe - III

There was a white cloud that came and covered them. And the beautiful young woman came out of the cloud, and when it blew away the foolish man was a skeleton covered with worms.

Then the woman spoke to the one who was not foolish: “You shall go home and tell your people that I am coming and that a big tepee shall be built for me in the center of the nation.”

And the man, who was very much afraid, went quickly and told the

people, who did at once as they were told; and there around the big tepee they waited for the sacred woman. And after a while she came, very beautiful and singing, and as she went into the tepee this is what she sang:

“With visible breath

I am walking.

A voice I am sending

as I walk.

In a sacred manner

I am walking.

With visible tracks

I am walking.

In a sacred manner

I walk.”

And as she sang, there came from her mouth a white cloud that was good to smell. Then she gave something to the chief, and it was a pipe with a bison calf carved on one side to mean the earth that bears and feeds us, and with twelve eagle feathers

hanging from the stem

to mean the sky and the twelve moons, and these were tied with a grass that never breaks.

“Behold.”she said. “With this you shall multiply

and be a good nation.

Nothing but good shall come from it. Only the hands of the good shall take care of it and the bad shall not even see it.”

Then she sang again and went out of the tepee;

and as the people watched her going, suddenly it was

a white bison galloping away and snorting, and soon it was gone.