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The Prairie Falcon Fights

A Yaudanchi Yokut Legend

Long ago the prairie falcon [Limik] lived alone. He came to a village. He returned. Then he went again. He reached a rock. He sat on top of it and laid his bow down on it. Then he thought: "It will be good if I kill them."

He started again. Then he began the fight. He shot at them. At once the people there all became angry. There was a great battle. He killed them all. Then he hung up the hair of the killed on trees. It can be seen still [as moss] at a place called khodomo [probably in the territory of the Shoshonean Tübatulabal or Pitanisha].

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