• IKTOMI AND THE DUCKS

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    IKTOMI is a spider fairy.

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  • He wears brown deerskin leggins with long soft fringes on either side, and tiny beaded moccasins on his feet.

  • His long black hair is parted in the middle and wrapped with red, red bands.

  • Each round braid hangs over a small brown ear and falls forward over his shoulders.

  • He even paints his funny face with red and yellow, and draws big black rings around his eyes.

  • He wears a deerskin jacket, with bright colored beads sewed tightly on it.

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    Iktomi dresses like a real Dakota brave.

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  • In truth, his paint and deerskins are the best part of him—

  • if ever dress is part of man or fairy.

  • Iktomi is a wily fellow.

  • His hands are always kept in mischief.

  • He prefers to spread a snare rather than to earn the smallest thing with honest hunting.

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    Why!

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  • he laughs outright with wide open mouth when some simple folk are caught in a trap, sure and fast.

  • He never dreams another lives so bright as he.

  • Often his own conceit leads him hard against the common sense of simpler people.

  • Poor Iktomi cannot help being a little imp.

  • And so long as he is a naughty fairy, he cannot find a single friend.

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    No one helps him when he is in trouble.

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