Coyote walking on the road, he thought only of eating. It had been several days he had eaten nothing, and he was so distressed by the plight he was sobbing, his head buried in his arms.
His stomach was noise like water boiling, and he had a headache. And suddenly, where sumac grows, he saw big clusters of red berries! Coyote excitedly fell on it. But just when his hand touched them, he remembered a conversation he had with the Old Wise. During one of their many discussions, Coyote asked: "Tell me, Wise Old Man, where did we this earth? She was given to us by our ancestors? ". And Old Sage replied: "Of course not, Coyote. We borrowed this land to our great-great-grandchildren. There must be careful because it belongs to them. To remind us, the children of the future have placed large bunches of red berries grows where sumac. These berries are theirs, too, even if you die of hunger, you must not touch it. They are there to remind us that the Earth belongs to the children who are not born.
"But we did it happen, wise old man, if you eat them? "
And Old Sage replied: "I'm sorry Coyote, but if you eat the berries, your behind will fall apart."
That's what Coyote remembered when his hand touched the berries. He paused to think a little. The sweat from his brow, and he said to himself: "I always knew that Old Sage was an idiot. What does he know? He's just trying to keep the berries for him. And besides, I do not see how I could have something to people who are not even born. "
So Coyote ate berries. He ate as much as he could, as soon as possible. And it felt good! He looked behind him, and behind her was still there, it had not collapsed! He burst out laughing loudly, and continued his journey by jumping.
He had not gone very far as his stomach began to hurt him horribly. And there he had diarrhea, first just a small trickle and then after a real torrent! Coyote was sick, like he had never been. He felt terribly wrong. He thought of the children who were not yet born, and he thought of the Old Sage, and he was very embarrassed. Coyote walked to the river, drank some water and went to hide in the bushes. He would especially not be known that he had forgotten the children who were not born or that his back had collapsed.
An anonymous American Indian history.