The Giant Pike
At that time there were two people living who got married and had some daughters and sons. These grew up and married. One of the sons married and had children, two sons. The grandfather of these died. Then the father and mother died and left the children with only their grandmother to look after them. At this time there were big enough to shoot bows and arrows and to go in a canoe with thier grandmother to set the night lines for fish. they lived only by fishing , because the grandmother was too old to do anything else.
So these two boys used to play around, shooting bows and arrows for fun, just as the Ojibwa boys do now. They used to play near a lake. Then their grandmother would say to them, "Don't swim in that lake. There is a big pike in there and he might swallow you." The older believed his grandmother , but the younger did not. So one day, while there were playing, the younger boy by mistake shot his arrow out in the lake. He could see it floating on the surface,so he took off his clothes to swim in it. But his brother said, "You know what grandmother told you. The big pike might swallow you."
His brother began crying and ran back to his grandmother in the wigwam, saying, "My little brother is koga'miko, "swallowed in the water". Then his grandmother began crying and the two were crying together. Soon after this they again set their night lines.
recordered by Frank Speck in 1913
Giant Pike was drawn by russian illustrator Ivan Bilibin.
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