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Why the Apaches are fierce

A Pima Legend

Elder Brother, Coyote, and Earth Doctor, after the flood vanished, began to create people and animals.

Coyote made all the animals. Elder Brother made the people.

Earth Doctor made queer creatures which had only one leg, or immense ears, or many fingers, and some having flames of fire in their knees.

Elder Brother divided his figures of people into four groups. One of the Apaches came to life first. He shivered and said, "Oh, it's very cold," and began to sway back and forth.

Then Elder Brother said, "I didn't think you would be the first to awake," and he took all the Apaches up in his hand and threw them over the mountains.

That made them angry, and that is why they have always been so fierce.

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