Native American Legends
Coyote and the Mallard Ducks
A Nez Perce Legend
Coyote was traveling up the river when he saw five mallard ducks
girls swimming on the other side. He hid himself in the bushes and
became aroused right away. Then he thought out a plan to satisfy
Coyote lengthened his penis and let it fall into the river. It
floated on top of the water. Coyote didn't like this, so he pulled
it back in and tied a rock to it to keep it below the surface of
the water. He threw his penis back in and tied a smaller rock to
it. This was just right. It floated just below the surface of the
water, where no one could see it. He sent it across to where the
girls were swimming. He began copulating with the oldest girl.
Now, these girls did not know what was wrong with their older sister,
the way she was moving around in the water and making strange sounds.
Then they saw what was happening and they grabbed the penis and
tried to pull it out. When they couldn't, they got out on the bank
and held down their older sister and tried to pull it out that way,
but they couldn't and they began laughing about it.
When Coyote had satisfied himself, he called over to the girls
and said, "My sisters, what is the problem over there?"
They told him. He said, "Cut the thing off with some wire grass."
They did, and Coyote cut the other end off where he was and middle
section of the penis fell in the river and became a ledge.
The eldest girl became ill then. Coyote went down the river a short
distance, swam across and then came upstream to the girls' camp
where the oldest girl was almost dead.
The girls recognized Coyote and said, "Coyote, the medicine
man, has come." They asked him to cure the sick girl. He told
them that he would do it, but they had to close up all the chinks
in the lodge so no one could see it and steal his medicine by watching.
He told them to leave him alone with the girl for a while.
He got the sisters together around the lodge and told them to sing
a song and keep time on a log with sticks. "Keep time on the
log very carefully, for now I am going to take it out." Coyote
began singing, "I will stick it back on, I will stick it back
He went into the lodge and copulated again with the mallard duck
girl and recovered the end of his penis. The girl was cured.
After that everyone said the medicine of Coyote was very powerful.
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