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LE T A N A R ROW F LY AT THE FL EE I N G FI G URE T H AT W AS N OW RU NN N G

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S W I FT LY

L O S T IN D IA N
M AG IC
A M Y ST E RY ST ORY OF THE RE D MAN
AS H E LIV E D B E FORE THE
WH I T E M AN C AM E

BY

G R AC E A N D C ARL M O O N
AUTH O RS OF IN D I A
N LE G EN DS I N RHY M E

A Z KS3 3
I LL US TRTI O 13

a DEC ORATI O NS B Y

RI CK A . S TOK E S C
PUBL SHERS I
C o py righ t, 19 18, b y

F RE DE RI CK A . S TOK ES A
C OM P NY

A l l R igh ts R e s e rv e d

Pr in te d in th e
TO OUR M O H E RST
MARY B . PURD I E
A ND
L .NE T TA M OON
T H I S B OO K I S

L O V I N G LY D E D I C A T E D

B Y T H E A U T H O RS
F O REW O RD

O ut in t he region o f the sage and the pin e ;


in the far reaches o f the ever mysterious desert
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the Indian campres Of the lo n g ago heard ma n y


a tale well worth the telli n g Some there were
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that have been handed down through the chann el


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O f an unwrit to n ue
g , from age to youth
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retold and told again until they come to the hear


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in g of even y o u and me .Thus the ancient tale Of


Kay yah and the Lost Magic comes to be set down

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I t may be that the lege n d loses somewhat in part


in g with the strange to n gue that gave it birt h but
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the t hread o n which t he cru de beads o f i t s adv e n


tures are strung runs back even t o the rs t accoun t
and may be O f t he same spinn ing .

T H E A U TH ORS .

Pasadena Califo rnia 19 18


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PR O L O GU E

E RH A P S
the thi n g that more than all else
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governed the life an d conduct Of o u r Amer


ican Indians before the comi n g of the white m an
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with his aggressive religious views was su p e rsti ,

t ion .

Like all primitive peoples they perso n ied the


hidden powers Of Nature most Of which were ,

feared and they supposed that back Of all disaster


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stood some evil intelligence tha t mus t be appeased ,

or fought with the aid O f some o t her power p o s


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sessing greater virtue .

Naturally enough t he power that in their Opin


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ion brought the grea t es t pro t ection agai n st evil


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and produced the grea t est blessi n gs in abu n dant


crops successful hu n ting and strength in battle
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was symbolized by some image o r Obj ect which took


to itself the mighty power and gave o ut its magical
charm o r great medicine t o the fortunate tribe
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who possessed i t .

All good fort une great or small was credited


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t o i t s power All evils were though t to be less


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vicious than they would have been had the grea t
Magic not been o n duty in the medicine lodge o r ,

hidden away o n some secluded altar I t was mos t .


j ealously protected and regarded as t he t ribe s mos t
priceless possession Gradually such a t ribal fe t
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ish would come to be looked upon as t he vi t al link


b etween the power o f the gods and the humble
earth people ; their charm agains t all t he wiles o f
the witches and evil spiri t s that were ruled over
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b y the chief Of all trouble makers t he Shin di -


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Thus t he people Of Ah c o with whom o u r s t ory



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deals placed the highest ear t hly value upon a lit t le


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carven bear o f turquoise their migh t y Magic


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handed down to them o ut of a mysterious p ast ; an


inheri t ance from genera t ions Of t heir forefathers
who had received its cons t ant protec t ion and t he ,

blessings Of i t s power for good Its fame Spread .

abroad and at las t a powerful neighboring t ribe


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began t o covet it and the unscrupulous young chief


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o f the t ribe laid careful plans to secure i t by a

subtle method o f his o w n .

O ne eve n tful nigh t ve years before our s t ory


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opens the great Magic disappeared from the sacred


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altar of the medicine lodge o f Ah co and wi t h i t s -


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loss came t he looked f o r train of want woe and


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disaster O ne heavy shadow lay upon the hea rt s


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of t he men the loss Of their Magic ; o n e de t er



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mination remained uppermost in their minds its

recovery .

S easons passed bringing their varying for t une


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and then dawned the day o f Kay yah who with


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ever cons t ant faith in J Oh O na ai the Great S pirit



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whose symbol was the su n went forth to nd the


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li t tl e b lue bear and res tore it t o his people .


C O NTEN TS

I . T H E TH E F T

II . T H E WR O N G B A G

III . K AY

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Y AH A T TA -
PA U

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IV . T H E H I DDE N PA S S A G E

V . D E E NA Y
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S N ARRA T IV E
VI . C AV E M A N
TH E

V I I A S E C R ET C O UN C I L
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V III T H E M AR K O F T H E B E A R WI T C H
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I! .TH E M A G I C SL E EP

SA H N E I N TH E E A G L E S N E S T

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B E TA A T S I N
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! I I K A Y Y A H T E S TS I H E B O W

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! III T H E PL A C E O F TH E WH I TE RO C K
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TA G A M O S PE A K S
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! V T H E C H I N D O G H O WL S
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ILLUSTRATIONS
He aise d h is arm s in
r s alut atio n to th e gre at
ligh t-m ak e r Fro n tispi ece
FA CIN G
PA G E

He could n o t re m e m b e r th e d ay wh e n h e h ad n o t

se e n S ah m e p as s with h e r w ate jar

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St e pp in g qu ic kly b ackw a d h is foo t w e n t in t o


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e m p ty S p ac e an d h e fe l t h im se lf fallin g th ro u gh
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th e air
He t opp e d in f o n t O f K ay y ah an d sh akin g th e
s r
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ra ttle an d p ay tick c h an te d hi s o n g
r e r- s , s

H e e xt e n d e d h i righ t h an d as far as p o s ib l e
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t o ward th e op e th at h un g f om th e t e e
r r r

Le t a n a ow y a
rr t th e e e in g gure th at was
n o w runn in g s w iftly

H e d e w it ou t tigh t cl asp e d in h is h an d
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S ah n e w at c h e d h im with gr win g am a e m e n t

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An d th e s o n g was th e T O t o m e d e ath c h a
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The village O f Ah co principal camp o f t he



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Nag apahs was si tua t ed a t the mou t h o f a canyon


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whose sandy oor was level with t he deser t and ,

whose rocky walls grew farther and far ther apar t


as they reached o u t int o the sandy spaces of t he
plain like t he mou t h Of a grea t river ent ering the
ocean and ended in a f e w detached monument s Of
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fantastic shape and brillia n t coloring Far back .

and beyond the camp the sides of the canyon drew


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rapidly t ogether in high precipi t ous cli ff s which


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kept the narrow passage between in an almos t per


e tu al sta t e f gloom High up in the rocky wall
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could b e seen the remains O f cli ff dwellings the -


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homes Of t he Na y a t he los t people as t h e
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deser t tribes ca lled them and here an d t here an


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eagle had buil t his nest .

From the sandy oor o f the canyon bubbling ,

up from t he underground came a s t ream Of wa t er ,

once rushing and plen t iful ; but now a mere thread ,

Of silver it wandered lazily down int o t he deser t


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and disappeared in t he sand .

Sage brush mezqui t e and cac t us grew every


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where with here and t here a dwarfed pinyon t ree or


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the big red ball Of a tumble weed The li t tle elds


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t hat had been cu l tiva t ed by t he men Of Ah co


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seemed almos t swallowed up by the deser t which


came to t he very edge o f t he camp and w as sepa
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ra t ed from i t only by the wid t h o f t he narrow


s t ream.

The camp consisted of abou t t wo hundred h o


gans o r houses ; rou n d huts buil t of wa t tled poles
an d plastered with mud an d clay an d with a small
shelter in front O f each door made O f poles and t ree
boughs In t he cen t er Of the camp was a much
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larger hogan t he Medicine Lodge whose door o r


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opening as did all the o t hers faced t he eas t


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The camp was still quie t wi t h sleep a f e w t hin,

wisps Of blue smoke rising from o n e o r tw o o f the


hogans giving the only evidence that some Of the
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wome n were awake and about to prepare t he morn


ing meal .



K ay y ah wi t h a glance at the growing ligh t in
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t he eas t gave a t igh t ening twist t o the knot in t he


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girdle abou t his waist and set O ff o n a brisk ru n


for t he small shelf o f rock several hundred yards
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from camp from which he loved to watch t he sun


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rise Every movemen t O f his limbs was free and


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swinging and t he warm blood glowed t hrough t he


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bronze Of his skin .

He was t all and s t raigh t and s t rong as t he young


pines tha t grew far up t he canyon and his face as
open and clear featured as his o w n deser t with
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eyes se t well apar t and absolu t ely fearless in ex


pression a ra t her prominen t nose and s t rong chin
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and a mouth which though straigh t and rm could


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smile readily enough and soft en in t o t ender li n es


f o r those he loved .

H e was about eigh t een years Of age bu t looked


older as do most young Indians o f either sex and
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his body had reached an almos t perfec t sta t e o f


development Brigh t bi t s Of blue t urquoise hung
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in his ears and a b and o f red st ained deerskin bound -

his hair ; these gave color t o his cos tume if what ,

he wore could be digni ed by such a nam e his ,

only garments b eing a breech clou t o r loin cloth -

and moccasins o f so ft doe skin leaving his limbs -


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and body free in every moveme n t and exposed t o


the bracing air O ld m e n say that such was t he
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usual summer dress Of the deser t people before t he


coming o f t he white man .


The sof t pa t pa t o f his m o c c asin e d feet in
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the sand raised li tt le pu ff s Of dus t with every step


and sen t scurrying many t iny animals O f the desert ;
a li t tle white tailed rabbit whisked across t he t rail
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in fron t Of him and a horned t oa d airing himself ,

o n a a t rock wa t ched him with bright j eweled


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eyes as he passed The east gre w brighter and he


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quickened his steps reaching the little cli ff j us t


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as J o h O na ai the sun god peeped over t he edge



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Of t he desert He raised his arms in saluta t ion t o


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t he grea t ligh t maker and as t he gle aming d isk


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swung clear o f the horizon let his eyes wander over ,

the deser t now sharp and distinc t in the clear at


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mo sp h e re and glowing with color : ba n ds o f rose


and lavender the san dstone cliff s with ou t crop
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pings Of shale ; the warm yellow O f the dry sands ,

an d here an d there the bright red o f a butte worn


by erosion and the gray O f a rocky mesa As he .

looked his eye leaped suddenly to a tiny Spot O f


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color that ros e straight i n to the air above an ancient


pi n yon tree some hu n dred yards to the north ; it
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rose and dropped to the tree a n d rose again a nd

dropped a second time ; a bit of brillia n t red that


shone in the su n like a large drop Of blood .


A bird thought Kay yah but a stra n ge look
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in g bird with stra n ge actio n s


, an d he j umped ,

from the shelf of rock and started for the tree with
keenl y aroused interes t and curiosity .

He kep t his eyes o n the t wis t ed branches as he


approached bu t could n o t see the bird ; and when
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he was within an arm s length Of the t ree a To to



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me warrior deadly enemy t o himself and tribe


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leaped withou t a momen t s warning from behind it


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and straigh t a t him Kay yah was ins t antly o n


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the defensive and quick as though t reached for his


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knife ; bu t t he o t her with a hand as swift an d


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prepared for the action s t ruck the weapon fro m


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his ngers before he had it fairly in his grasp


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and i t wen t sp inn ing In t o the sage He made t o .

grip Kay yah abou t the waist but succeeded only



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in ge tt ing his arms half way for Kay yah though ,



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n o t so heavy was quicker t han t he TO t o me and



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slipped under his hold .

They fought ercely f o r a moment each trying ,

t o get the underhold and Kay yah soon saw t ha t


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the TO t o me Oiled as he was and more slippery


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t han an ee l t o t he t ouch w as more t han a ma t ch ,

for him ; bu t suddenly a trick he had learned in


camp came t o his mind The TO to me was t rying .
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t o force him back agains t t he t ree ; Kay yah chose -

a momen t when he fel t t he man s whole strengt h

exer t ed against his resistance t hen he suddenly ,

s t epped back pulling t he warrior t oward him and


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thro wing o u t his righ t t high As the man s tumbled .

forward Kay yah whipped his righ t arm over his



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neck and bearing down wit h all his s t reng th t hrew ,

him over his t high and he fell heavily o n his back .

Kay yah spr ang instan t ly for the man s knife ;


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bu t a t tha t momen t his arms were grasped from


behind his hands t wis t ed t oge t her and he w as
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j erked up from t he body Of his enemy who imme ,

d iate ly j umped t o his fee t drawing his knife fr o m ,

his girdle as he rose .

Kay yah t ried t o s t ruggle free bu t w as held as


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in a V ise The tw o men had him a t t heir mercy and


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he believed i t was only a ques t ion Of momen t s unt il


they should end his life He s t ood mo t ionl ess n o w .
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and did n o t so much as quiver an eyelid when the


rst of the t wo men threatened his throa t with the
point Of his in t knife and said wi t h a sneer o f ,

t riumph
N o w d o g Of a Nag apah
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But he was cut short by the man who held


Kay yah
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E nough Chot zu ! Wau kO ma waits There
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is no t im e for words The bag ! The bag ! .

He spoke as o n e in comm and an d Kay yah ,



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understood his words as the T o to me la n guage ,


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had been taught h im as a child B ut he made n o .

sign O f having understood an d indeed he had not


comprehended f o r the words conveyed li t tle mean
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ing to him until t he rst man again approached


his throa t with the knife and with a swift movement
severed the thong about his neck and possessed
himself Of the small skin bag that dangled a t i t s
end Immediately Kay yah felt his feet t ripped
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from under him and was thrown v io le n tlv on his


face in the sand .

When he arose t he t wo men were dodging


through the sage several yards away running ,

s ilen t ly and eviden t ly taking precau t ions not t o be


se en f rom t he Nag apah camp He could no t

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have caught them had he tried and it would hav e


been more than foolish t o m ake t he a t tempt ; for
the men were n o w well armed as they had picked ,

up in t heir ight bows and arrows that had been


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left near by and could h ave shot him where he


sto od had they so desired Why they did not was
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part Of a mys t ery surrounding the a ffair which


seemed to Kay yah to grow more inexplicable as
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he stood watching them The men had knives


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and could have used t hem when they sprang a t


him ; and the T o to mes were deadly enemies not
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inclined t o mercy in the past Failing to kill him.

they could easily have taken him prisoner ; bu t


that they also had fail ed to do They had simply .

t aken the little bag from abou t his neck placed ,

there by his dying mother and cont aining she had ,

told him good medicine to pro t ec t him from all


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evil All the boys o f his t ribe wore t hem an d he


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had never given his asecond thought Why should .

To t o mes evidently at the comm a nd o f their chief


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for they had mentioned the name Of Wau kO m a -


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come a j ourney o f a day an d a night simply to O b


tain his fetish ?

Kay yah could think Of no explanation for such


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strange actions and troubled by these puzzling


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thoughts turned back t oward camp as the m e n had


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n o w disappeared from his si ht In t urnin his


g g .
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bi t e Of food and go s t raigh t t o t he Medicine Lodge ,


where Ol d Dee nay Medicine C hief O f t he Nag
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apahs and his sole councilor and advisor since the


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death o f his father and mother migh t be able to ,

throw some ligh t o n t he morning s s t range happen

ing .

Bu t t here was a smal l group in fron t O f his


hogan ga thered around a steaming po t a tt en ded
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by an Old woman with s t raggling gray locks and ,

they gree t ed him hilariously and made w ay f o r him


in their circle as he approached .

Kay yah sa t down and took the mea t and bread


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O ff ered h im by t he Old wom an Diz pah t he one ,



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who knew him perhaps bet t er than anyone else in


Ah co and who read his every mood She watched
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him n o w keenly wi t h eyes sunken far down in the


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wrinkles Of her face That something t roubled h im


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she fel t int uitively bu t i t was no t her way t o sp ea k


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wha t was in h er heart Her lean j aws were well


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known in camp for t heir sharp clacking and their ,

garrulous t ones had concealed many a hear t ache


and a l o nging t o sympathize with t hose she loved .

She spoke ligh t ly n o w bu t t here w as an under


curren t Of questioning in her voice .


Ah Kay yah my son why so sad and silen t
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Was the huge rabbi t y o u Sho t for your break f as t



t oo large f o r you to carry home ?
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The o t hers laughed loudly a t t his and K ay yah ,


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smiled as he answered her :



Your cooking Mother Diz pah does n o t giv e
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me strength enough to hunt .

There was louder laughter a t this ; for in all Ah ,


c O there was no be tt er hunter than Kay yah a nd



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Mother Diz pah was equally famous f o r her cook



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ing.

She shook her gray head in pretended anger .


If i t is my cooking that has made you sad then ,

it must have been y ou who took the seed cakes t ha t



I had made for the corn festival !
There was a shout Of merrimen t a t t his and ,

Kay yah rose hastily in pretended guilt and lef t



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t he group He walked directly to t he Medicine


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Lodge and drawing aside the hide at its entrance


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peered in The interior seemed dark in cont rast


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t o the ou t door sunshine and f o r a momen t Kay ,


yah could see no o n e B u t a quie t voice spoke . .


Ent er my son if i t is D ee nay y o u seek
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Kay yah ent ered and his eyes soon grew accus

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to m e d t o t he light within The hogan was t he larg .

es t in camp and i t s Circular wall more smoothly


nished t han were the o thers Here and t here hung .

fea t hered prayer s t icks and ceremonial ra tt les and ,

li tt le hide bags t hat Kay yah knew contained earth


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and p o llen o f many colors f o r t he sacred sand


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paintings D eerskin m at s lay in a circle around


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the oor agai n s t the wall and opposite the door ,

could j us t be distinguished in the shadows the big


medicine drum The only light came from the
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smoke hole in the center Of the rude dome ceiling


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and from a small re which burned feebly beneath


it.

B ending over the re as if to ga ther all its ,

warm th to himself sat a very o l d man seamed and


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wrinkled as a walnut Kay yah could easily see .


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why he was called by many the Moon man ; , ,

for in t he dim in t erior as he s a t with his back t o


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the ent rance wrapped in dark hides the brigh t


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patch Of his silver head seeming t o oat in t he ,

shadows immedia t ely caugh t and held t he eye until


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the o t her Obj ects became clear And Moon man .

he was in another sense ; for he rarely was seen


in the dayligh t preferring to spend his time in
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quiet though t in t he Medicine Lod ge during the


su nl it hours and venturing o ut among his people
when t he res were ablaze a t night when he would ,

appear suddenly in o n e group and then ano ther


with a few words O f gree t ing or a silen t nod and
then disappear He was looked upon almost with
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aw e by the Nag apahs as his wisdom was grea t



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an d i t was t hought tha t no act o r word o r happen


ing in cam p was unknown to him .
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Kay yah ent ered in silence an d sat down by the



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o ld man w h o did n o t look up o r make any motion


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o f recogni tion though the relatio n be tween them


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through lo n g years O f close friendship had become ,

almost that o f father an d son .


Father said Kay yah my though t s are puz
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z l e d by a happe ni n g Of this mor n ing perhaps your


wisdom may throw light upo n it .


My ears are open Kay yah my son ,

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s w e re d Dee n a

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As Kay yah told Of the two T O t o mes and



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the theft O f the bag the O ld man sat sile n t the , ,

expression Of his face did not change though he ,

turned toward Kay yah eyes that gleamed with


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an in n er excitemen t he did n o t attempt to disguise .

He did not speak until the narrative was nished


an d then his questions were short and t o the poin t .


What did the bag co n tain ?

I know only from the words o f mv mother ,

that i t co nt ained a charm good medicine to ward


away evil answered Kay yah
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Umph ! Then you could n ot have looked with

in without spoili n g its charm said the Old man ,


medi t atively When did it come in to your pos
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session ?

The nigh t my father came home ; tha t las t nigh t
when he fell in fron t o f our hogan sho t t hrough
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wi t h TO t o me arrows my mo t her t ook this fe t ish


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from him from his hand o r from about his neck


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and kept i t for me until t he day she died .

D ee nay leaned forward and his eyes ashed


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The TO t o me wolves have a good scen t for
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an Old t rail ! B u t this is s t range news Kay yah ,


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my so n s t range news I should have known O f t his



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before You knew n o t what was in t he bag and


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ye t th e y the T O t o mes knew


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s t range Wau kO ma sent for it a two days


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j ourney He would have done t ha t fo r no ordinary


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fe t ish can it be

His voice trailed O ff in t o
silence as he sat with kni tt ed brows deep in t hough t
over this strange problem .

A t ingling sense Of exci t ement began t o grow


in Kay yah as a half formed though t took shape
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in his mind He wa t ched Dee nay wi t h a t ense


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expec t ancy awai t ing his nex t words


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The moment s grew into wha t seemed a long


t ime to Kay yah and still t he o ld man sa t t hink

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ing ; he nodded his head slowly several t imes and ,

his lip s m o ved noiselessly I t was eviden t t hat he .

was deeply stirred and when he nally looked up ,

and began to speak his eyes burn ed with a re


that Kay yah had never before seen in t hem
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Kay yah my so n if this bag cont ai n ed wha t
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I grea t ly fear i t did an d others knew o f it even I , ,


THE T H E F T 15

could n o t keep o ur t ribe from war wi t h t he T O


to mes awar for which we are no t prepared B u t

-
.

there is a doubt ; this matter is no t yet perfec t ly


clear to my mind ; it will take thought For t hat .

I mus t be alone G O n o w and whe n t he sun is


.
,

four ngers above the desert s rim return t o me ;

I will then have words for you B ut rst answer .

for me o n e question Have y o u spoken t o anyone


.


o f this ?

Y o u are the rs t Fa t her
, .

I t is well ; see tha t I am t he last G O and .


,


re turn as I have said .

Kay yah walked o ut o f the Lodge with many


-

s t range though t s troubling his mind ; he was in no


mood to talk wi t h his usual companions and aft er ,

walking some distance toward the canyon found a ,

spot under a larg e rock by the na rrow s tream


where he hoped t o be alone .

When in a little while he heard t he soft shu ffle


, ,

Of approaching moccasins he made a movemen t t o


,

leave t he place bu t decided to wai t and see who


,

came A slender girl came around the corner o f


.

the rock carrying a j ar on her shoulders His


,
.

rs t t hough t a t sigh t o f her was o f relief Here .

was o n e who never dis t urbed his t hinking and who


never urged him t o talk He could not remember
.

the day when he had n o t seen S ah n e pass wi th -


16 L O S T IND IAN MAG I C

her wa t er j ar and he liked th e li tt le smile t ha t


,

came t o her lip s and th e d roop Of her eyes as he


nodded to her though t hey seldom spoke t o each
,

o ther She knelt n o w without aword by the s t ream


.
,

which widened and deepened int o a small pool j us t


here and mad e i t possibl e t o dip the j ar int o i t s
cool dep ths .

She seemed t o fee l K ay yah s eyes on her as ' -

she worked and s t ooped lo w t o hide the deep red


,

t ha t dyed her cheeks A look Of admira t ion shone


.

in his eyes f o r she made a pre tt y pic ture in her


,

buc kskin dress ou t lined against the silvery gr ay


,

Of the sage He spoke t o her


. .


Why are y ou di ff e re n t from t he o t her girl s

Of t he camp S ah n e ?
,

-

She gave a half frigh t ened l i tt le l oo k up a t him


-

and down in t o the pool again and the red b urned


more deeply in her cheeks bu t she did no t answer , .


Why are you always alone S ah n e he asked ?
,
-


again Why are y o never wi t h the o t hers
. u ?

She rose t o her fee t and there was m ore than ,

embarrassment in her manner n o w .


Y o u do not know ? she asked looking a way ,

from him .


N O I do not know why
,

She h e si t ated for a momen t and t hen lift ed h e r ,

h e ad pr o udly bu t did no t look at h im


, .
THE THEF T 17

I am TO t o me she said ; and K ay yah


-

-
,
-
,

through his as t o n ishme n t felt his heart grow heavy ,

wi t hin h im A gulf had opened up between them ;


.
-

a gulf xed by all the laws an d traditions Of his


people and hers He stood looki n g at her in si
.

lence as his thoughts tried to adj ust themselves to


this n e w condi t ion She slowly turned her head .

t o meet his eyes .


Y o u d o n o t like that ? she asked quietly .

N O I do n o t like t hat but I like y ou S ah n e


,


-
.

The smile came back to her eyes but could no t


quite hide the pitiful little droop Of her mouth as
she drew t he water j ar to her shoulder and waited
a momen t as if f o r him to speak agai n but as he ,

did n o t she gave a shy n o d and walked back the


way she had come .

He s t ood looking aft er her S ah ne Of an e n



,

emy t ribe Why should such a though t cause his


.

heart t o throb with a dull pain He could not u n


?

d e rsta n d the se n se Of depression that had come t o

him n o r did he like it an d forced his thoughts back


, ,

t o Dee nay and the mor n i n g s adventure ; but a t


-

though t Of the little medicine bag his heart again


began t o bea t fast what if it did contain what

D ee nay had hi n ted and he waited with impa


-

tie n c e f or the aft ernoon hours to slip away until


he could ge t back t o the Old man Finally the sun .
18 LO S T IND I AN MAG I C

drew near t o th e horizon and he found himself


again sea t ed in the Medicin e Lodge wi t h D ee nay -

,

who did not speak immediately o n his entrance bu t


still sa t wi t h head bowed in t hough t as though he ,

had no t moved since morning At l as t he spoke : .


I t has no t been in vain t ha t I have m ade prayers
t o the Grea t S pirit Kay yah and o ur pa t h is n o w
,
-
,

more clear I t would t ake more t han a ra t to draw


.

the TO t o me wild ca t s from t heir den We m ay


-

- -
.

be sure t hey came seeking big game none o t her


,


S O i t seems t o me t han our grea t Magic
, .

Kay yah gave a sharp exclamation though t he


-
,

words bu t afrmed wha t had b een in his mind since


morning .

D ee nay nodded slowly


-

.


The honey draws the bees and a ro tt ing car ,

cass the vultures bu t the TO to mes have ever been


,
-
-

keen o n t he t rail o f o u r Magic and it may b e t hat ,

t hey have now hun t ed i t down H o w i t came in .

t he li tt le bag we know n ot ; bu t ou r work is n ow


,

clear before us This is wha t has been made plain


.

t o me y o u mus t go to t he TO t o me camp and


-

,

if o ur gods are good to y o u nd t he way t o recover ,

t his bag We know tha t the Grea t Spiri t pro t ects


.

those wh o seek t heir o w n I f t he b ag did no t c o n


.

t ain t he Magic we mus t know wha t i t did cont ain


, .

Wh a t h as va l ue f o r t he T O to mes may h ave v alue-


TH E T HEF T 19

for the Nag apahs also D O you know t he coun



- -
.


try O f these people Kay yah ?
,

-

O nly as a hunt er from a dis t ance answered , ,

Kay yah -
.


Y o u do no t know Qua ma the moun t ain which

-
,


rises t o t he north o f t heir camp ? con t inued t he
Old man .

I have seen it many tim es from t he plain below


bu t have never explored its trails .

D ee nay nodded slowly


-

.


B eware o f the T O to me t rails ! They are as -

-

rabbi t tracks in t he deser t Make your way onl y


-
.

where t he mountain goat has led f o r I know y o u

t o be sure o f foo t I t is to the foothills Of t his


.

mount ain you mus t go f o r they overlook t he T o ,

to me camp and from there y o u can watch t heir



-
,

actions Remember Kay yah it is by t heir ac


.
,

-
,

tions that men and beasts be t ray their secrets th e

wild cat skulks when the prey is in his mouth bu t


-
,

t he eagle ies t o his nes t and t he eagle t s cry


t he TO t o mes will make gay wi t h feasting and
-

-

dancing if t hey have succeeded after t hese many ,

seasons in capturing o u r S t rong Medicine It is


, .

in tha t way that y o u will learn t heir secre t ; and


once sure t hat they have t he Magic i t will be f or
y o u t o discover where it is kep t This you may .

n o t do from t he hills In t his all I have t augh t .


,
20 LO S T IND IAN MAGIC

y o u o f cau t ion will be necessary Remember tha t .

t he dark is a faithful aid to those who would n o t


be seen but the dark also has dangers for those who
,

have n o t ears trained as have o u r brothers o f the


,

night and a dog s nose is as keen at nigh t as in



the sunlight my so n The T O t o me camp is so


, .
-

-

S ituated that you may n o t easily enter i t without

bei n g seen nor can y o u overlook i t near at hand ;


,

it will be difcul t to learn the inform at ion y o u


seek .


I have no t given you an easy t ask Kay yah ,
-
,

my son but o n e which holds much in its acco m


,

p lis h m e n t for

if i t is learned
, by o u r enemies that
t he power Of t he Magic is gained only when i t is
placed o n t he al t ar Of t he Medicine Lodge an d
sprinkled with the sacred meal and if they S O place ,

it t hen it will t ake all o f the medicine o f our wisest


,

men and t he s t reng th o f o u r warriors to bring it


back to i t s rightful place and i t may well be t ha t ,

even t hen we would fail And if we fail the abun .


dan t crops the clear springs the prosperi t y and


, ,

success in hun t and b at tle and the protec t ion fr o m ,

all enemies all t hese that should belong t o t he



,

Nag apahs will be with the TO t o mes D oes



- - -

-
.

your hear t fail Kay yah o r is i t s t rong to do t his


,

,


task ?

Kay yah reddened a t t he direc t ques ti on an d


-
,
THE THEF T 21

his voice was h usky with embarrassment bu t he ,

looked Dee nay squarely in the eyes as he an


-

sw e re d

My hear t is s t rong to do it .

I t is well I have not said how y o u will nd


.

where the Magic is kept that is not f o r me to say



.

B ut we k n ow that whe n o u r cause is right the ,

Great S piri t ope n s the way and so it will be fo r


,

you Make n o attempt to get the Magic unaided


.
,

f o r i t will be well guarded and in such an attempt


,

you might give your life without return It is well .

tha t I have t aught my childre n the tongues o f the


t ribes about us for it may be o f service to you to
,

know the lan gu age Of these T O to mes ; y o u may -



-

hear their talk from the trails I f you nd they have


.

captured the Magic return quickly t o me for I


, ,

have further plans ; do no t linger o n the way ; ve


suns should see y o u here again H ave my words .


been plain ?

Yes Father
, .

I t is well Y o u mus t go to ni gh t There is


. .

no moon and the trail Of the TO to mes is still -



-

clear in t he canyon sands G O before the ear t h


.
,

has swallowed it Is there aught you would ask


.
,

my so n the words o f D ee nay are f o r your coun


-


s el
.

Y o u have made the way plain for me F a ther , .


22 L O S T IND I AN MAGI C

There is nothing t ha t I would ask bu t I would ,

like to t ell o f wha t had been in my mind t hese



many days pas t .


Speak Kay yah,
-
.

The boy hesita t ed wi th some sligh t Show Of em


,

ba rra ssm e n t but an earnest t one came to his voice


,

that had no t been t here before .


When I have been alone before th e Grea t

S piri t at sunrise I have made a vow within my



,

hear t and i t is t his t hat I would give my life


,

t o t his o n e purpose to bring back t o my people


the Magic which is t heir o w n When my mother .

placed the bag abou t my neck my o w n hear t t ells ,

me tha t she did not know wh at i t con t ained ; bu t


if i t did contain the Magic and if i t was by her ,

ac t ion tha t it was lost t hen it shall b e mine F at her


, , ,


wi th t he help O f t he Great Spirit t o bring i t back

, .


I t is well Kay yah A warm ligh t came in t o
,
-
.

t he Old man s eyes as they res t ed o n Kay yah an d


-

he looked well pleased .

There was silence f o r a shor t while and the n ,

Kay yah looked up suddenl y


-
.


Fa ther how 18 i t t ha t w e have aT O t o me girl
,
-

-


among ou r women ?


Tha t is t o go f ar back Kay yah y ou spe ak ,
-


Of S ah n e -?
24 L O S T IND IAN MAGI C

havior and with a wonderful skill in taming ani


mals and birds That was why in time he was
.
, ,

made keeper o f t he sacred eagle in the Medicine


Lodge where he remained u n til the night he was
,

killed His baby was much l oved by the women


. .

It was no t unt il aft er t he night he was killed t hat


i t became known t ha t he was T O t o me ; t ha t -
-

his s t ory had been false and that he had been sent
,

to o u r camp as a spy S ince this was known o u r


.
,


women have looked away from S ah n e
-
.

A s t rangely bi tt er look came into Kay yah s -

f ace as the Old m an ceased speaking .


A n d ye t he said I have been told the TO t o
, ,
-


m es were once a grea t and good people .

D ee nay did n o t answer an d again there was


-

,

silence f o r a f e w moments Presen t ly Kay yah .


-

l ooked up .


Was not this G O me kill ed t he nigh t my fa t her
-


wa s also killed ?


The s ame my so n , .

Was he in t he L o dge when i t was discovered



t ha t t he Magic was missing ?


He w as in the Lodge and alone when I ent ered
and found o u r Great Medicine gone B ut he .

could n o t have t aken the Magic ; he was searched


then and la t er and if he had been able t o g ive it
, ,

in som e way t o th e T o t o m e s it is c e r t ain t h at


'
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,
THE THEF T 25

they would n o t have continued t heir e ff orts t o Ob


tain it which they have done from that day t o
,


this
.


C ould he n t have buried i t asked Kay yah
o ?
-
.

The Old man shook his head .


You yourself have helped t o search t he plain
, ,


and canyon .

Kay yah felt his face grow ho t with the t hought



-

tha t was in his mi n d and he forced it away from


,

him as a vision O f S ah n e sweet and girlish came



-
, ,

before his me n tal vision what could s he know Of

the Magic and if she h ad known Of it t he fact



,

t ha t it had not reached the T O to mes w as surely -



-

proof Of her loyalty t o her adopted people .


Then it must have been in t he little bag tha t
my father brought back the bag tha t my mother ,

placed abou t my neck when she died And n o w I .

will go t o recover it at your word


,

.


I t is well prepare here f o r your j ourney Y o u

.


will nd food and weapons also and Dee n ay ,
-

indica t ed t he ar t icles wi t h a ges t ure .

Kay yah arose and soon found t he t hings he



-

needed D ried mea t and piki bread he s t u ff ed int o


.

th e girdle at his waist and also a kni fe in the s ame


,

place A deerskin bow case containi ng a stou t b o w


.
-
,

and quiver Of arrows he drew over his shoulder ;


,

he t es t ed the t hongs Of his mo ccasins and girdle ,


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and was ready for his j ourney D ee n ay l ooked


.
-

up when Kay yah again stood before him


-
.

I s end you alone f o r t wo reasons my son O ne


, .

man can go where tw o migh t be discovered And .

a secre t ceases t o be a secre t when shared by to o


many and my words have t old y o u why t his mis

sion mus t remain secre t f or a while at leas t S O


, .

n o w t he wisdom o f your way lies in cau t ion and

silence it is well t o remember wha t y ou have


learned of the ways Of the f o x and t he snake t hey

make f e w mis t akes The t rail is there gO and


.
-

re t urn as I have said in ve suns from n ow an d


t he Great Spiri t O f all be wi t h you .

Kay yah s t epped o ut in t o t he t wi l igh t H e


-
.

avoided the groups abou t the supper res and


walked quickly o ut O f camp t oward t he canyon ,

where shrouded already in t he shadows o f e ar l y


,

nigh t lay his t rai l


, .
C HAP TE R II

TH E W RON G B A G

A s tre c
t h o
f ro ck y m e sa
f,
an d a s w e e p o d e s e rt s an d
A n ar ro w l e dge al o n g a c l iff ; a s tr ip o f s to n y l an d ;
T h e s h arp h o riz o n o f th e h i ll s ; an e agl e s s tar tl e d c ry

T h e m o un tain trail l e ad s o n an d o n an d o v e r i t th e s ky
, .

HE t wo T O t o mes leavi g Kay yah stand


-

-
,
n

-

ing in the early morning su n light ran freely ,

and easily making a wide detour about the Nag a


,
-

pah camp and arriving in the shadows O f the canyon


before the sun was more than two hands above
t he horizo n C hot z u the larger an d heavier Of t he
.

-
,

two ran always a few feet behi n d his lighter com


,

p anion and kept closely in his track Their p ace .

was in the nature O f a dog trot an d could be kep t -

up for many hours without w eari n ess even when ,

t he t rail began gradually to rise and grow more


difcul t wi th sliding s and and rocks and rolling
gravel .

It has been said tha t C ho t z u was the larger


-

Of the t wo ; his feat ures carried o u t t he general lines


Of his gure and were also large and coarse with ,

27
28 L O S T IND I AN MAG I C

a heavy forehead which overhung eyes se t a trie


to o closely together I n his head and a nose with
bulbous nostrils His lip s were thick and loosely .

hung together and n o t over i n clined t o silence H e -


.

was al t oge ther in striking contrast t o his co m p an


io n H awal li ; f o r where C hot z u was thick H a
,
-
-
-

wal li was slim in neck and t high and nostril ; and



-
,

where C hot z u gave t he impression Of brute force



- -
,

H awal li showed the al ertness O f skill and t rain


-
-

ing and t he renemen t Of though t As t hey ran


, .

C ho t z u s t ill held t he lit t le bag in his hand and



-

glanced at i t from time to t ime .


What do y o u t hink is in this b ag H awal li ?
,
-
-


O ne little look would show .

H awal li s t opped ab rup t ly and reach ed fort h


-
-

his hand .


Give me t he b ag C ho t z u Y o u know wel l ,

-
.

t h at W au k O ma said t o bring i t safe t o h im u n


-

-


Opened .


Wau ko ma ! sneered Cho t zu as he handed
-

-
-
,

over the bag with reluc t ance


Wau kO m a and .
-
-


are y o u then so fai t hful to W au kO ma ? -

-

H awal li did not answer bu t with head held


-
-
,

high t ur n ed and again broke into his easy run


, ,

the little bag tucked safely in t o his girdle B u t .

C hot z u was not to be so easily silenced


-
.


D id no t Tag a m o have a word to s ay about -
-
THE WR O NG B AG 29


t his bag friend H awal li , His eyes gli tt ered as -

- ?

he S poke and he leaned t oward his comp anion as


if to dare him t o a n swer .

H awal li answered shor t ly


- -
.


Tag a mo as y o u know is in t he council Of
-
-
, ,


Wau kO ma -

-
.


Ah do you say so ! I t may b e
, t here are those

who say di ff erently Tag a mo has been Medicin e .


-
-

C hief these man y moons but he had better have ,


a care l I C ho t zu say it h e and his followers

,

-
,

,

H e p aused and looked sig n icantly a t H awal -



li . His followers are n o t u n k n own to Wau kO -

ma who is s till chief Of the T O to mes


,
-

-
.

H awal li shrugged his shoulders contemp t uous


-

-

Thy t ongue is over loose it may well loosen


t hy head also friend some day , , .

Chot z u lapsed in t o surly silence and the tw o



-
,

began to gO more slowly as t he t rail n o w led steeply


up the side o f t he canyon O nce they dropped cau .

tio u sly behind a large boulder as a hun t ing part y -

Of Nag apahs p as sed below them and a t ano ther


-
-
,

t ime they were tempted to take a sho t at a moun


t ain sheep which ran swiftly up t he trail ahead O f
them ; but they did n o t let the arrow y as t he ,

sheep might plunge into the canyon below and b e


tray their presence to possible foes .
3 0 LO S T IND IAN MAGI C

B y noon t hey had gained the level Of t he upper


coun t ry and left t he canyon behind The hea t o f .

t he sun se t them bo t h t o l ooking f or water signs


and it w as no t long before a lit t le pile O f rocks
with i t s poin t ing stone o n top led t hem to a shel
te re d pool where t hey drank t heir ll and plunged
,

t heir faces int o the refreshing dep ths They also .

a t e a little from t heir small supply o f dried meat


and hard maize cake and aft er a very f e w moments
,

continued their j ourney Their way now lay across


.

country much like t he desert below save t ha t i t


,

was more rolling and broken by many gullies and


canyons some Of which were O f almost as much im
,

por t ance as t he o n e they had left behind The .

food seemed to loosen C hot zu s t ongue again and-

an inner excitemen t brough t a s t range gleam to his


eyes He spoke t o H awal li in a t one ve ry dif
.
-
-

f e re n t from t he o n e he had used before and t he ,

words came slowly from his t ongue .


Have you t hought H awal li , h e hesi t a t ed
-
- -


what this bag may cont ain ?

H awal li gave a sligh t shrug t o his shoulders


-

-
,

that may ha v e mean t a frma t ion o r negation bu t ,

did no t speak .

Have y o u t hough t and Cho t zu leaned -

forward tha t his words migh t t he more surely be , ,


3 2 L O S T IND IAN MAGI C

his enemies ; f or in addi t ion t o grea t physical


strength which a t sixty years had weakened n o t
,

o n e bi t he had a t his command all t he magi c and


,

su p ers t ition Of a long line Of medicine men and


knew t he history an d family Of every member O f
the t ribe from t he smalles t papoose to the Oldes t
grayhead who had long forgot t en the number o f
his years The followers Of T ag a mo were t hose
.
-

-

who loved j ustice and peace while the other fac ,

tion t he wilder Of t he young men gloried in the


, ,

brutal and lawless rule o f Wau k o ma There had -


-
.

been no Open break betwe en the t wo fac t ions and ,

migh t never be for an I ndian t hough he may in


, ,

his heart ha t e his chief ye t will he remain loyal t o


,

t he end f o r Old t radi t ion and supers t i t ion hold him


,

in t heir grip S O H awal li though ha t ing Wau


.
-

-
,

kO ma and despisin g C ho t z u as his follower gave


- -
,

open expression t o neither feeling H e realized .

tha t Wau kO ma himself had no faith in his o w n


-
-

following ; f o r had he n o t in sending f o r t he bag


, ,

chosen o n e he knew t o be Of the opposing fac t ion


as more wor t hy o f trus t than his own men ?

With t he rs t pink ligh t o f morning t he tw o men


dr ew near to t he TO t o me village Of Ta pau wee
-
- -
-
.

Wi t h the excep t ion Of t he f e w s t ops t hey had made


f o r wa t er t hey had kep t up t he s a
, me s w inging tro t
f o r a day and a nigh t and ye t t hey appeared a
,
s
THE WR O NG BAG 3 3

fresh as at the start an d approached the camp with


heads throw n back and a quickened pace They .

did no t slacken their speed until they reached the


door O f the medici n e lodge pushed aside the cur ,

tain and stepped within


, .

S ea t ed in a circle o n the oor Of the lodge were


ve men smoking ; the haze from their pipes hung
,

in t he air like a f o g an d gave a weird uncertain ,

aspec t to their faces Wau ko ma faced the e n .


-

-

trance ; aman with a heavy square face high cheek , ,

bones and a thi n cruel mouth Tag a mo sa t next


, .
-

-

to him o r rather towered for he was a gian t Of a


, ,

man with the face o f a lion an d the voice O f one


, .

I t was a comm on j oke in camp to say when it ,


thundered Tag a mo speaks !,
The other three
-

-

were elders O f the tribe without whom no ceremony


was comple t e .

H awal li stepped forward laid the lit t le bag at


-


,

th e feet o f Wau ko ma and s t ood upright wait



- -
, ,

ing.

Wau k O ma made a ges t ure toward t he door


-

-
.


It is well ! G o y o u and your companion
.

And they passed o u t dropping t he hide a t t he ,

door behind t hem .

There was silence in t he me dicine lodge The .

l i tt le bag lay where H awal li had placed i t o n -



-
,

the bea t en oor and t he clouds of smoke curled


,
3 4 L O S T IND IAN MAGI C

upward N O man had moved ; each seemingly in


.
,

t en t o u his o wn thoughts gazed in t o vacancy , .

Presently Wau kO ma with deliberate motions -



-
, ,

drew a in t knife from his girdle and picking up ,

the little bag severed the thong t ha t bound its


,

throat Then drawing out the only ar t icle i t con


.
,

ta in e d he placed it on his palm for all t o see a


,

heavy ring curiously carved and O f eviden t an


,

tiqu ity .

The silence seemed grea t er th an before Wau .


!

kO ma s eyes were fas t ened o n t he ring bu t the


-

others after o n e long look at i t had shifted t heir


, ,

gaze to Wau ko m ahimself who seeming to feel


-


, ,

the in t ensity o f their regard looked up with some ,

thing like deance in his eyes mingled with grow ,

ing anger .


Call back t he messengers ! he commanded ; and
when H awal li and Chot z u again appeared a t
-

-
-

the door he spoke harshly t o H awal li


,
-
-
.


I sen t for t he bag about the neck Of Kay yah -

the Nag apah and y o u bring me this ! The mea n


- -
,


ing wha t is t he mea ni ng o f this Speak quickly !
?

H awal li s t ood motionless


-
-
.


This is from the neck O f the Nag apah There - -
.


is n o mis t ake he said and his quie t t ones were in
, ,

s t riking con t ras t t o t hose o f W au kO ma who n ow -



-
,
THE WR O NG B AG 3 5

t urned t o C hot zu wi t h a puzzled frown o n his


-

face .


Cho t z u what say you Of this

- ?
,

H awal li speaks what is so Wau kO ma I



- - - -
, .
,

C ho t z u and no other cut it from about the neck


-
, ,

of the Nag apah dog Three suns we watched



- -
.

fo r him an d when he came


,


Enough ! G O both Of y o u ; but wait outside
.

Again there was silence in the lodge but not for ,

long Tag a mo s eyes had not left Wau kO ma s


.
-



-

-

face since the openi n g Of the bag ; he seemed thi n k


ing deeply an d now his voice boomed sudde n ly
forth from the smoky haze

Wau kO ma wha t means this and his nger
- ? -
,

indicated the ri n g How comes it that a Nag a .



-


pah wears t hat which you have cla imed to have ?

There was a sneer in Wau k O ma s voice as he -



-

answered and his eyes ashed , .


H o w comes it that the fox has t he fur o f a
hare in his den Are thieves unknown to you Tag
?
,

a mo
- ? This Nag apah like all his tribe is a
- -
, ,


thief and , his fury ri sm g his life shall pay f or


this !
Tag a m o and the elders smoked quie t ly for a
-

-

moment an d t hen he reached for t he little bag


, ,

which s t ill lay at Wau kO ma s fee t and looked a t -





,

i t though t fully The sinews were Old and s t i ff and.


,
3 6 L O S T IND IAN MAG I C

t he thong which had bound i t nearly worn t hrough


o n t he S l d e tha t had lain nex t the esh o f its wearer .

He n gered the two small silver beads t ha t dan


gled from the bag and looking within noted the , ,

worn hollow left by the ring Then he spoke .


This fox went hunt ing young Wau kO ma The ,
-
-

ring has lain within its nes t for many seasons .

Wau kO ma rose t o his feet and his voice w as


-
-

harsh with anger .


I care not the t ime has n o w come for his th ie v

ing t o end and I Wau kO ma shall end it By


,
-
- -
.


t he sacred symbol of J Oh O na ai I swear i t ! And
- -
,

t aking t he ri n g an d bag he s t rode o u t Of the medi


cine lodge withou t o n e backward glance .

The Old men smoked in silence until Tag a mo -



-

again spoke He addressed the man on his righ t


. .


Speak Dis din ! What know y ou of t he bag
,

-


worn by t his Nag apah ?
- -


Dis din drew deliberately at his pipe f o r sev
-

eral momen t s before answering ; his thin silver hair ,

fell over the brow O f a pa t riarch and his fea tures


gave evide n ce Of a renemen t O f though t unusual
among his people He was the father of H awal .
-

li and the like n ess was m arked Presen t ly he le t


, .

his long pipe res t on the beaten oor and wa t ch e d


i t s smoke curl upward as he t alked .

When o u r spy G O me was sen t t o t he N ag


,

-
,

THE WR O NG BAG 3 ?

apah camp t hese many summers p as t


-
,

fo r reas ons
well known to y o u brothers the o t hers nodded,


over their pipes h e found the Magic of t he Nag

apahs guarded by two m e n : Dee nay the medi


- -

,

cine chief and Qua hi da t he father Of this boy


,
-

-
, ,


Kay yah
-
He drew again at his pipe
. This .

Qua h i da was chosen that night we know o f


-

-
, ,

t o bury their treasure this we learned from the

man we afterward captured A n d with Qua h i da .


-

-

went another We received the word from G O me


.
-

the way is k n ow n to you also .

Again the others nodded in silence .


The tw o were at the mouth Of t he canyon when
o u r scouting party fou n d them re t urning to their ,

camp They were both mortally wounded by o ur


.

warriors bu t Qua h i da with the speed o f a dy


,
-

-
,

ing deer escaped to die at his o w n door O ne of


, .

o ur party followed him and saw him hand t o his

woman a little bag from which the re ligh t caught


t he gleam O f silver beads ; he made an e ff ort t o
speak but no words came and he fell back dead .

The other man w as co n scious for some time before


he also died and he was made t o S peak about his
people He said it w as useless for the T O t o mes
.
-
-

to cap t ure Ah c o the Nag apah camp as the


-
,

- -
,

t reasure was n o longer there When tortured to tell .


,

th e whereabouts O f the Magic he s aid o n ly tha t ,


3 8 L O S T I ND IAN MAG I C

i t was in t he keeping o f Qua hi da and i t w as t hen -



-
,

t hat the runner returned wi t h his t ale Of wha t had


happened at camp and o f the bag handed by Qua
hi da t o his wife who thrust i t int o the bosom O f

-
,

her dress The cap t ured man sm iled when he


.


heard this and died in pe ace .

Dis din picked up his pipe as the others lis t ene d


-

expec t antly f o r his next words :


O n e other inciden t there w as t hat night he ,


continued As the men stood considerin g a soun d
.
,

Of hurrying fee t came to their ears someo n e who

came running in fear o r exci t ement and before


,

he coul d be s t ayed o n e O f the T O t o mes had pu t


,
-

an arrow to the string an d let y straight at the


approaching gure who leaped high in t o th e air
,

and fell o n his face As they turned him over the


.

features Of G O me could be plainly see n in the s t ar


-

ligh t O nly four words could he gasp o u t before


.

he also was gone The Magic the bag was all


.


he said And since then brothers we have had


.
, ,

S pies cons t a n tly watching for the reappearance Of

t he lit t le bag with silver beads the bag which Wau ,


ko ma n o w carries

-
.

He ceased speaking abrup t ly and T ag a mo -


-

made a guttura l sound which seemed t o express


ma n y things .


We t railed a wolf and caught a f o x Bu t wha t .
40 L O S T I ND IAN MAGIC

s traight in t o his seemed to look through and b e


,

yond him with an indi ff erence and pride that gave


li t tle indica t ion Of the rebellion that was surging
with in him ; for it was Kay yah lle d wi th fury
-

at himself for the carelessness tha t had placed him


in the h ands o f his enemies
.
C HAP TER I II

WEE
-
K AY Y AH AT T A PA U
-

Pe r he c d l ik e an e agl e on its n e st

T a p au
-


we e l ie s .

S e t h igh up o n a ro ck y c re s t

A gain s t th e s kie s .

OOK IN G downward upon it from t he pre !

c i ito u s slope Of the rst rocky foothill tha t


p
towers above i t o n the northern side t he TO t o me ,
-

-

mesa rises sheer o u t Of the deser t like an island


in a beca lmed sea Even a casual glance at i t and
.

the im m ediate count ry about it would sufce to t ell


why t he T O t o mes had chosen its top as a si t e
-

-

for t heir permanen t camp the village o f Ta pau -


we e .

The great perpendicular walls of t his rock


ribbed base drop down o n all sides o f t he camp
except one but at a poin t o n t he side neares t the
,

mountain na t ure has provided an approach t hat


n o t only gave the T O t o mes a direct level path

- -

to the foothills bu t t he narrowness Of t he passage


,

m ade i t p ossible for a very few men t o protec t t he


4]
42 L O S T IND IAN MAGI C

camp from an invading par t y Of almos t any size .

This long narrow approach ran along the top of a


rocky ridge tha t seemed t o proj ec t i t self from t he
foo thills t o the mesa as though t he thin arm Of
s t one were loath t o permi t this island Of rock to
be separated from t he paren t moun t ain O f which i t
had a t o n e t ime doubtless been a pa rt B eyond
, , .

bow sho t from t he hills o n o n e side and pro t ect e d


-
,

from t he open deser t t ha t l ay below it o n the other ,

t he place seemed impregnable The area of t he


mes a was n o t large ye t t here was ample room o n
,

i t s leve l surface for t he t wo or three hundred h O


gans t ha t housed t he t ribe The main portion of
.

t he houses were erec t ed in t he shape o f a crescent


whose ou t ward curve fronted t he narrow approach
t o t he mesa Small bushe s tumble weed and a
.
,
-
,

few s t unt ed pinyon t rees do t ted t he ou t er margin


Of t he mesa giving a s t ill more secluded appearance
,

t o t he houses t ha t clus t ered within O ver and b e


.

yond t he mesa t o the southward t he grea t level,

deser t s t re t ched monotonously o ut t o th e fain t pur


ple bu tt es o n t he horizon line .

O n t he eas t ern side ran an energe t ic li ttle s t re am


that coursed downward in a curve from the moun
tain side a mile o r more away and then owed in
-
,

an almos t s t raight line to the foot of the m esa .

R eaching i t s base it skirted around it o n th e d e s rt


,
e
KAY YAH AT TA PAU WE E

- -
-
43

side and turning back t oward the moun t ain for


, ,

a lit t le way wandered O ff again westwardly across


,

t he plai n where after several miles O f snake like


, ,
-

twists and turns i t emptied i t self into a shallow


,

lake tha t sparkled in the sun like a smal l disk


o f burnished copper .

O n the wes t side o f the camp at a poin t where,

the narrow approach j oined the mesa a steep little ,

t rail t ha t led zig zaggi n g downward to the stream


-

below had been cut into the sides Of the cli ff O ver
, .

this trail the women brough t the daily supply O f


fresh water for the camp s use I f the supply was

.

cut o ff by an enemy a little pool deep in t he


, ,

rocks o n the w estern side O f the mesa where t he ,

seepage from wi n ter snows an d rains kept it lled ,

could be drawn upo n an d be made t o last longer


t han t he enemy would care to remain below .

At late eve n ing the lo w golden light O f the se t


ting su n ooded the desert an d gilded the western
walls Of the mesa th at cas t its great purple shadow
s t reaming out to t he eas t I t sharply ou t lined the
.

cli ff s a t the base of the foothills and turned the


stream into a t hread of gold Such was the scene
.

tha t spread out be n eath th e wondering eye s o f


Kay yah as he look ed down from t he shel t ering
-

pile o f rocks high up o n the neares t foothill H is .

un eve n tful j our n ey o f a day and a nigh t was a t an


44 L O S T I ND IAN MAGI C

end and he was thankful tha t t he sun Was y e t


,

high enough f o r him t o inspect the enemy camp


before darkness fell As he looked downw ard his
.
,

t rained eyes t oo k in the unusual surroundi n gs an d


he carefully noted each detail th at w ould be o f use
t o him in t he t ask tha t lay before him As his eyes
.

wandered along th e little stream o n the eas t ern


S ide o f the mesa he no t iced t hat t he b a nk neares t

t he foothills was very s t eep and co n tained no t rail ,

while t he opposi t e bank was piled high with great


boulders and thick underbrush Small trees an d
.

bushes grew abou t t he s t ream as it neared t he cli ff s


,

and do tted the little l p e s t ha t ran upward in


drift s a t the base Of t he mesa .

It seemed plain enough tha t if he was to ent er


t he vi l lage he mus t n d some point a t which he
could scale t he walls from the desert side as an ,

entr ance by way Of ei ther O f the t wo trails w as


o u t Of t he ques t ion . He must get to the pl ain
below and under cover o f dark n es s follow the
,

l ittle stream around the foot o f the mesa to the


eas t ern side which seemed to be the most prom
,

ising place t o nd a break in the wall up which he


might ascend .

D own in the village he could see men and women ,

looking no larger t han ants as they moved abou t


,

among the hogans O n the sou t hern side O f th e


.
KAY YAH AT TA PAU WE E
- -

-
45

camp no t far from the mes as edge stood a hogan


,


that was much larger than the rest The medicine .


lodge thought Kay yah as he carefully noted its
,


,

location Withi n its walls and perhap s upon i t s


.
,

altar the little bag might even now be lying His


, .

hear t beat fast with the thought and his hopes ,

alm ost shattered at nding the enemy camp so


wonderfully protected from an i n truder n o w b e ,

gan t o return .

As his eyes searched for the best way down t o


t he plain a way that must h e tr aveled after dark
,

ness came he saw several ti n y gures of men or


, ,

boys run n ing in the desert at the foo t o f the mesa


, .

As they came nearer he saw they were having


some kind O f game o r race as they were kicking a ,

small Obj ect with their feet as they ran He sud .

denly remembered that he had been told o f a T O


t o me game in which the con t estants usually three

-
,

o n a side tossed a smooth round stick with their


,

toes as t hey ran over a given distance The side .

tha t brough t t heir stick to the goal rs t won th e


game N o w as the nude runners came on around
.
,

t he mesa he became so i n tent in watching them that


he forgot f o r the momen t all else and rising
, , , ,

from his shelter I n the rocks moved a little ne arer ,

the edge Of the slope to get a better view Sud .

d e n ly he heard the sound o f steps at his b ack ; and


46 L O S T IND IAN MAGIC

as he t urned he fel t the quick clu t ch o f s t rong arms ,

and before he could make e ff ectual resistance found


himself at the mercy of three T O t o me men The -

-
.

Oldest O f the t hree a man O f grea t strengt h and


, ,

o n e who seemed to be accus t omed t o leading men ,

was t he rs t to speak

A nice place for a Nag ap ah rabbit t o choose

- -

when spying upon the den Of wolves Are your .


young eyes sa t ised with what they have seen ?

Kay yah s blood ran hot wi t hin him and he in


-
v

wa rd ly cursed the carelessness tha t had made h im

such an easy prey t o his T O t o me captors bu t his


-

-
,

face ins t antly became a mask tha t e ff ec t ually hid


his t houghts ; a mask O f cold digni t y t ha t could
give li tt le satisfac t ion t o his enemies .


F o r o n e who walks alone y o u are far from ,


your campre said ano ther who now produced a
, ,

stou t thong which he handed t o t he t wo men who


held Kay yah -
.

Pre t ending no t t o understand their language ,


-
K ay yah made n o reply They now t ied his arms
.

securely behind his back and pushed him forward ,

indica t ing t ha t he was t o go with t hem He knew .

enough t o m ake n o s t ru ggle as escape was n o w,

o u t O f t he ques t ion He also k n ew tha t his cap t ors


.

would t ake him to the camp below as i t was the ,

cus t om o f all deser t t ri b es t o b ring the ir cap t ives


48 L O S T IND IAN MAGIC

row approach to the mes a an d after a very shor t


,

t ime he found himself marching along the nar


ro w ridge.

As the four men advanced dogs n aked children , , ,

and a few Old women ran o u t to meet them as the y ,

had seen from a distance that the hu n ters brough t


a captive with them The news that a captured
.

enemy was being brought into camp quickly spread


over the village an d in a few moment s a crowd gath
ered about the approachi n g party as t hey passe d
be tween the ro w o f houses I n the clamor o f voices
.

tha t arose questions j ibes and insults were al l


, , ,

hurled a t Kay yah a t o n ce ; bu t pretending no t to



-

understand he held his head high and walked more


,

like a conqueror than a captive S oon several Of .

the people who knew t he N ag apah language - -

began to taunt him in his o wn t ongue ; bu t he p aid


no more a t tention to these than t o t he former r e
marks Some thing in his quiet digni t y began to
.

make the childish clamor sou n d foolish t o t he crowd ,

and they now followed the party in silenc e t o t he


public gathering place in the cent er Of t he camp .

As soon as he was halted in the level opening in


fro nt of the circling hogan s he looked into t he an
,

ta g o n ist ic faces of t hose about him with an in


di ff ere n ce that was not forced If death was t o .

come and he did n o t doubt t ha t i t would come



KAY YAH AT TA PAU WE E

- -
-
49

he knew how to die like a man an d a warrior ; even


the torture would n o t move him to any show Of
pai n as that would bri n g pleasure t o his captors
,
.

His thoughts t ur n ed to D ee nay and as he fully -



,

realized h o w unworthy he had proven him self Of


the trust the o l d m an had placed in h im his hear t ,

grew bitter with self co n dem n atio n B u t it w as


-
.

useless to lame n t the past and as he thought Of ,

the peril that co n fro n ted him his mi n d turned to


an o f t repeated admonitio n given him by his aged
-


cou n selor : A warrior may lose his spear his ar ,

rows an d his k ni fe but his thoughts may st ill re


, ,

main with h im and prove to be his most powerful


weapons Realizi n g that he must keep his thoughts
.

ac t i n g to some purpose he stood upright and mo ,

tio nl e ss his height e n abling him to see over t he


,

heads Of mos t o f the men about h im .

A heavily built TO to me now pushed his way -



-

through the crowd and coming close to Kay yah


-
, , ,

called o u t with triumpha n t voice :


Aha ! It is soon t hat I get even with the Nag a
-

pah dog who tried t o throw me me C hot z u who


,
-
,


could throw two like him and use but o n e arm !

And then with mock k ind n ess he asked : D O y o u
come to T a pau wee for the little bag I took from
-

-


your neck ?

At the sound O f C ho t zu s remark a second g


-

50 LO S T IND IAN MAGI C

ure c ame up and the crowd made way for him as


he approached He also was heavily built and
.

near Kay yah s heigh t His face like tha t O f


-
. ,

C hot z u was coarse and brutal but he made a


-
, ,

great e ffort to carry himself with a dignied bear


ing that w as plainly unn a tural .


Wau k O ma comes said a lo w voice in t he
-
-
,

crowd near Kay yah -


.

As he strode up into the circle he s t opped t o


speak in a lo w t o n e to C hot z u At that momen t

.

Kay yah noticed a gray haired Old man approach


- -

in g t he ou t er edge o f the crowd His great shoul .

ders t o w ered above those about him an d his large


black eyes seemed t o blaze o ut Of a face that re
vealed u n usual power and dign ity Then the man .

with the brutal face whom Kay yah n o w k n ew ,


-

to be Wau kO ma the T O to me chief walked up


-
-
,
-

-
,

to him and in a voice that w as mean t t o be awe !

inspiring said :

S O here is the thieving Nag apah who s t ole - -

the little bag an d n o w sneaks back like a skulking


,

d o g t o steal again Your life was spared when my


.

men took the bag from your neck t wo suns ago ,

then raising his right ha n d as if to make his words



more impressive but to n ight you pay the price
, .


Kay yah seemed to look straight through and
-

beyo n d the man as he spoke and his perfec t mask ,


KAY YAH AT TA PAU WE E

- -
-
51

of cool indi ff erence angered t he less gifted young -

chie f who inwardly realized the mental superior


,

ity o f the captive w h o stood before him S t ung .

by the thought he grasped Kay yah by the hair,



-
,

and waggi n g his head back an d forth he shouted



To n ight you n g whelp O f a slink d o g y o u die !
,
-
,

The humiliating and cowardly act O f Wau kO -


ma brought the h o t blood leapi n g to Kay yah s


-

face as he tugged vainly at the tho n gs about his


wrists ; then he looked up an d his eyes met those
o f the white haired O l d giant who n o w stood before
-

him S omethi n g in the wo n derful face more kind


.
,

ly than the other faces o f the crowd quieted him ,

and he again s t ood erect and motionless Then .

the Old man s expression suddenl y cha n ged as


though some important thought had ashed into


his mi n d a t hough t that dema n ded denite actio n
,
.


B e ta atsin be t a a t sin ! ! E agle wings eagle

- - - - :

, ,

wings ! he excla imed under his breath bu t loud ,

enough f o r the words t o reach Kay yah s ears ;


-

and t ur ni ng with more Of the moveme nt o f a


,

young wrestler t han that o f an Ol d man he faced ,

V a
V u k o
-
m a The las t red glow O f t he setting sun
.

sho n e full upon the bronzed O ld face that n o w held


an expression Of ahn o st u n natural calm and Kay ,

yah felt as t hough he looked upo n the face o f a god .


52 L O S T IND IAN MAGI C

In a deep voice tha t rumbled as if from a c ave he ,

addr essed Wau kO ma -



-
.


Let not your word go for t h to t he people t hat
t he Nag apah spy shall die this night It is my

- -
.

wish f o r a reason that I will give before the cou n


,

cil tha t he be made a prisoner and given trial b e


,


fore he is pu t t o t he death .

Anger blazed up anew in W au ko ma s voice -



-

as he shou t ed

N O Nag apah is given t rial in a TO to me
- -
- -

camp ! My word is given ! It shall be as I have



said if I have t o kill him with my o w n hand !

Turning t o t he crowd the O l d man raised his ,

arms and in a voice t hat t hundered o u t in the eve


,

ning s t illness like t he booming Of a migh t y drum ,

he cried

L is t en t hen my people ! Y o u h ave heard t he
, ,

word Of Wau kO ma ; hearken unto me All o f -


-
.

you from the child t o the hoary headed know tha t


,
-
,

I raise no t my voice except i t be f o r good purpose .

This Nag apah shall n o t die this night ! If any


- -

a tt empt his life he shall answer to me with his o wn .

I Tag a mo have said it and by t he gods o f o u r


,
-
-
, ,


fathers it shall stand .

At this unprecedented ac t ion O f t he Old medicine


man in publicly opposi n g the word O f the tribal
,

chief a death like silence fel l up on th e crowd t hat


,
-
KAY YAH AT TA PAU WE E

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53

stood a momen t as if dazed Then repea t ed e x cl a.

matio n s an d low murmurs O f approval came from a


group of the Older men who stood about Tag a -

mo ; but several o f the you n ger men moved nearer


the you n g chief w h o had stepped aside at the sud
den an d u n looked for action Of the old man R e
-
.

coveri n g from his momentary surprise an d gain ,

ing courage from his followers Wau kO ma said ,


-

-

We will see whose word shall sta n d an d I

shall know how to deal with all who oppose me !


With a look Of dea n ce a n d hatred tha t swept

bo t h Tag a mo and Kay yah he strode away t o




-

-
,

his hoga n followed by the men who h ad shown


,

t heir loyalty .

Turning again t o the crowd t he o l d medicine ,

man quietly gave orders to release the captive s

hands and to place him in a guarded hogan for


,

the ni ght Then ann ou n cing tha t he would call


.

the council f o r a trial at sunrise he turned an d ,

with head bowed in thought walked away in t o the


gathering gloom .

T W O men stepped forward an d after cutting the


thong abou t Kay yah s wrists led him away toward

-

a hogan t ha t stood o n the farther side Of t he vil


lage His guards made no attempt to mis t reat him ;
.

in fac t they seemed to regard him with a puzzled


,

ques t ioning in their eyes tha t plainly to l d t hat


54 L O S T IND IAN MAG I C

they had been as mystied as he by the strange


action o f Tag a mo He was not to be given the
-
-
.

usual treatme n t of a spy at leas t no t until after ,

trial and the strange turn O f a ff airs that had pre


,

ven ted his being immedi ately pu t to dea t h n ow o c ,

c u ie d his mi n d more than all else


p .

Groping around in t he dim light within t he hogan


that was to serve as his priso n he found food and ,

wa t er as well as a very poor bed of o l d skins .

S eating himself on the latter he t ried to bring his ,

confused thoughts together in an e ff ort to nd s o me


reason for the strange actions Of both Tag a mo -
-

and t he youn g TO t o me chief Many questions


-
-
.

that could not be answered crowded i n to his mind .

Why had Wau kO m aaccused him Of st e aling the


-
-

little bag tha t t hey the T O to m e s had s tolen


,
-
-
,

from him ? Why had the mann er O f Tag a mo -


-

changed so sudde n ly while looki n g at him an d w h y ,

had he asked tha t he be given trial as a l aw breaker -

when it was the custom Of all tribes t o show no


mercy to an enemy especially o n e who had been
,

caugh t wh ile spying upon the tribe D id the Old


?

T O to me hope t o force him to give some informa


-

-

tion about the Nag apahs ? A n d wha t had he



- -


mean t by exclaimi n g B e t a a t sin ?
,
Some c harm
- -

word possibly as medicine men used many such


,

words t hough seldom ou t side o f t he medicine lodge


, .
56 L O S T IND IAN MAGI C

get away ; he will look and see no o n e ; t hen whe n


he tries t o ru n an arrow will do t he work an d n o

one will k n ow the h o w t hat sent i t Who then .


can say a word ?


B ut if the Nag apah should suspect some t hing

- -
,


and not try to escape questioned the guard
? .


That also is provided for Wau ko m a has .
-

-

said that he dies tonight and so it will be Tag a , .


-

mo is no t chief and t he people will laugh a t him


,

and the Old men who follow him when we show


them t his nigh t t ha t the word of Wau k O ma is -

-

law and tha t t he Nag apah has been pu t to dea t h


-
-


as he said .


When is this t o b e done asked the guard
? .

S oon for T ag a mo m ay decide to come and


,
-
-

make a change in the guard himself and SO o ur ,


plan be made to no purpose .

Kay yah remained very quie t The words O f


-
.

C hot zu though spoken in a very low tone had


-
, ,

been heard by him an d he doubted n o t t hat t he


,

plan spoken Of would be carried o u t immediately .

If he was t o defe n d himself o r if t here was any ,

possible chan ce for an escape he mus t ac t quickly , .

Then his eyes searched about the hogan f o r any


t hin g that could b e used as a weapon o r for any ,

way other than the door by which he could ge t o ut


, ,

Of his prison .
KAY YAH AT TA PAU WE E

- -
-
57

His search seemed fruitless The lodge was an .

unusually large and well built one an d its smooth -


,

surfaced walls O ff ered no possibility Of maki n g a


passage t hrough them With the exception Of the
.

skins o n which he sat and the large at re sto n e


,

in the center O f the room there were no furnish ings


, .

The night was rapidly growi n g dark and he wel ,

comed t he dark n ess B lack clouds that had begun


.

to drift upward from the east swep t across the ,

sky and obscured most o f the starlight O nl y .

o ccasionally did the rou n d smoke hole overhe ad -

become clearly visible in the u n certai n light He .

turn ed his face toward it watchi n g the passing ,

clouds and wonderi n g w hat course O f actio n he


,

would follow if O n e Of his guards should enter the


hogan t o make an end Of him .

Suddenl y he j umped to his feet as he realized


t hat t he smoke hole might o f er a possible me an s
-

O f escape. H e leapt upward with all his strength


in an e ff ort to grasp its rim but fou n d as h e , ,

migh t have k n own that the hole was to o high to


,

be within his reach B ut there was a n other way


.

that i t might b e reached an d as th e plan formed ,

in his mi n d he stepped to the doorway and lis t ened


,
.

All was silent an d he realiz ed that the TO to mes


,
-

-

had probably withdraw n to give him his false o p


p o rtu ni t
y t o escape He k n ew they coul d n o t
.
58 L O S T IND IAN MAGIC

be far away but j us t h o w far he could no t guess


,
.

C autiously drawing aside the hide at the door


way he looked Out He could see n o o n e in the dim
.

light ; the camp seemed deserted and save f o r th e


,

sou n d O f the risin g wind that whistled among the


rocks and bushes all was silent He wondered
,
.

how many steps he could take o ut Of the doorway


before an arrow or knife would strike him down .

Feeling f o r the to p of the door curtain he found , ,

as he suspected that it was rmly b ound to a p ole


,

Of about the thickness Of his arm and as he felt for


,

the en ds Of this he foun d that they rested o n other


large p oles at the sides o f the door an d were kept ,

in place by thongs that had once bound them closely


but were now dry and loose .

Cautiously an d as silently as p ossible he worked


, ,

the p ole back an d forth a f e w times and was soon ,

able to slide it through the dried fastenings and


lift it from its resting place The noise he had
-
.

made was slight but he stood for a momen t hardly


, ,

breathi n g as he waited for an expected movement


,

o n the p art o f the guards ; but they were evidently

giving him every opportunity to come o u t an d ,

made n o sign that would indicate that they had


heard him Returnin g to the c e nter Of the hogan
.
,

he felt among the ski n s Of the crude bed and select ,

ing two o f t he smallest and thinnest among them


KAY YAH AT TA PAU WE E
- -
-
59

wr apped them as tightly as he could about the ends


of the pole Then stepp ing to the re sto n e di
.

r e c tly beneath the smokehole and standing with


,

the pole poised f o r action he waited for the light


,

again to shi n e brightly enough to aid him .

After wha t seemed a lon g tim e the sky above the


hole brightened a little but it was enough for his
,

purp ose Tossing the p ole high through the open


.

in g and leapi n g at the same t ime with the hide ,

he j erked it to o n e side as the p ole fell squarely


across the hole He heard a l o w exclamation from
.

some o n e outside but there was still no movement


,

toward the door and his heart beat high with hop e
,

as he drew himself up through the blackened aper


ture to the top O f the hoga n and cautiously crouched
down o n its curved roof The darkness was so
.

great that he could distinguish nothing and he ,

could hear no sound save the rising wind Deter .

mined that only immediate action could save him ,

he slid cautiously down o n the side O f the hut t hat


he kn ew to be opposite the entrance and waited ,

a momen t f o r s ome sound to guide him He could .

n o w see the dim dark mass of another hoga n n o t

far from the o n e he had j ust left and as he moved ,

swiftly into its deeper shadow a hand came o ut of


,

t he darkn ess and laid itself o n his shoulder .


Is tha t you Chot zu
,
?
The voice sounded
-
60 LO S T I ND I AN MAGI C

familiar somehow bu t he did no t stop t o identify


,

it and j erking himself free he s t ar t ed to run but it ,

seemed as if a dozen forms separated t hemselves


from t he shadow an d he was helpless among so
,

many .


I t is t he Nag ap ah said another voice
-
B ut ,
.


how did he escap e ? He came by the back way .

Exasperated by t he realization that his o n e


chance Of escape had come an d gone Kay yah ,

made a mighty e ff ort to free himself from his cap


tors and as he struggled in their grasp the voice
,

he had rs t heard spoke again and this time in ,

very poor Nag apah


- -
.


We do not mean y o u harm Nag apah but if ,
- -
,

you struggle you bring pu n ishment upon yourself


an d you ght to no purpose C ome quietly and I .

give y o u promise tha t no harm will come t o y o u this



nigh t .

Kay yah became quiet as the hopelessness O f his



-

situation became apparent to him and all but two ,

Of the men let go Of him and conferred among t hem


selves .


Tag a mo is in the medicine lodge and will not
-

-


call the council before the dawn said o n e What , .

think you H awal li is his in terest in this man


,
-

-
, ,

and why should Wau kO ma wish him put to death -




KAY YAH AT TA PAU WE E
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-
61

n o w, since i t is Tag a mo s wish that t rial be -



-


given ?


Y have heard as much as I and t he answer
ou ,


I know n o t came the reply , .

At the mention Of the name Of H awal li Kay -



-
,

yah remembered the last speaker to be the c o m


panion Of C hot z u when the two had t aken the bag

-

from him and knew it was his voice tha t he had


,

recognized in the dark n ess .


B ut we must see that he is kept safe o r answer ,

t o Tag a mo as you have heard an d y o u all know


-

-
,

what that means said H awal li ,


-

-
.


We c an keep him safe enough said another , ,

for Wau kO ma will n o t dare to defy Tag a mo


-
-
-
-

openl y and bri n g a ght among us as he knows ,

that Tag a mo has the greates t number Of the


-

-

tribe f o r his followers .

As to that I know no t said H awal 1i bu t ,


-
-
,

the guards must be men we c an trust Kee t o you .



-
,

wil l guard the door and give place to no o n e u nl es s


,

I bring ano t her guard from Tag a mo to s t and in -



-


your s t ead .


And I spoke ano t her voice will go on guar d
, ,

wi t h Kee to
-
.

There was a slight hesitation in H aw al li s -



-

voice as t he las t O ff er was made bu t he replied ,


62 L O S T IND IAN MAG I C

You Tal lak kin Are you ready to ans wer


,
-
?

with your life for the Nag apah s safety ?
-


I am ready came the reply ,
.

I t is well then ; let us go said H awal li



,
-

-
.

They walked swiftly for some little distance an d ,

nally Kay yah was pushed through the en t rance


-

Of another hogan an d the hide curtain dropped b e


hind him He looked about his new prison giving
. ,

attention to every deta il A small re burned in .

the cent er Of the room and by its ligh t he s aw t ha t


,

soft skins lay about the oor ; large woven reed


ma t s th e beds Of the more ease loving T O to mes
,
- - -
,

lay near t he walls and an abundance Of food in n e


,

ly woven baskets was placed about the cheerful blaze


o n the re sto n e Here were luxuries o f almos t
.

every kin d ; bu t why had he been given them O ne ?

possible reason came vaguely int o his t hough t s At .

some t ime he had heard tales o f a people who Often


gave their c ap t ured enemies many luxuries j ust by
way o f contrast t o the torture that always followed .

H awal li had said that he should not be ill treated


-
-

durin g the n ight ; and T ag a mo the chief med -


-
,

ic in e man Of the tribe had sworn tha t a n yon e who


,

a t tempted his life should answer to him with his


o wn
but he was o n ly to b e protected un til aft er
trial Was he sim ply being used as an excuse for
.

a gh t be twe e n the strong will o f Tag a mo and -


-
64 L O S T IND IAN MAGI C

in fron t Of the lodge as his form could dimly be


,

seen at intervals pas sing the paler patch Of light


framed by the doorway The guard at the back
.

was also o n du t y as he could sometimes be heard


,

as he moved about near the wall Of the hogan .

Was this man at the rear Of the hut Of Wau ko -


ma s faction From the co n versation he had over



?

heard he decided that he might b e and t his would,

be the man he would h ave to reckon with in case he


made a second attempt to escape As ma t ters .

stood he was for the present in no da n ger and


, ,

would h ave to wait with what patience he coul d


, ,

unt il events took some n e w tur n .

The heavy darkn ess arou n d him the sighing o f ,

the wind accompan ied by the dis t a n t rumble Of t he


,

approaching storm seemed to lull his senses int o


,

a drowsin ess tha t was hard to overcome He p o n .

dered more an d more hazily over his si tuation ,

while loss o f sleep the n ight before his long j our ,

ney an d the hard exertio n s O f the evening now


,

arrayed themselves against his cons t an t e ff ort s to


remai n awake .

Just when he lapsed in t o sl umber he did no t


know but he was suddenly conscious Of a dis t urb
,

a n ce from without I n stantly he threw O ff the


.
,

haze o f sleep and his brai n w as clear an d ac t ive


, .

H e sprang noiselessly t o his fee t every facul t y ,


KAY YAH AT TA PAU WE E

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-
65

aler t ; his ears s t raini n g to ca t ch any sou n d A .

loud peal of t hunder boomed o u t an d its many


echoes rolled away into the distant ca n yons C oul d .

it have bee n thunder that had awakened him His ?

i n stinct t old h im n o S torms seldom disturbed his


.

night s res t Then his ears caught the murmur Of



.

voices from the rear Of the lodge and though the ,

voices were low he recog n ized o n e Of them to be


that Of the young chief whom he now felt to be his

greatest e n emy G O ! co m ma n ded the voice
. I .

will t ake your place G O withou t noise an d keep


.
,


a still to n gue in your j aws The sound O f the soft
.

s t eps O f the guard as he moved away told t hat


the rs t part of the command at least was being
obeyed .


Ah t hought Kay yah the young chief fears
,
-
,

tha t his men may not gu ard me well and comes t o ,


do the work himself .

As he followed the line Of thought this led him


int o he heard the sound o f men s cuf in g near t he
,

front Of t he lodge Then the roaring Of a passing


.

gus t Of wind drowned the sound ; bu t a momen t


later came a low groan and o n e o f the men fell ,

heavily an d evidently lay still Then came the sound .

of heavy breathi n g from the victor who seemed ,

to be approaching the door o f t he hogan I n .

sta n tl the whole si t ua t ion s t raigh t ened i t self out in


y
66 L O S T I ND I AN MAG IC

Kay yah s mind Wau kO ma had come t o carr y


-
.
-

-

o u t his threat to kill him with his o w n hand and ,

after dismissi n g the guard at t he rear O f the lodge ,

who it was now evide n t was o n e Of his followers


, ,

had killed the m an who guarded the ent rance so


t hat t here could be no alarm given and no wi t ness , .

He had waited until the late hour t o make cer t ain


he would not be disturbed an d the noise Of the ,

storm would drown the possible sounds O f con ic t .

I t was well plan ned an d the very t reachery and


,

cleverness o f it sharpened Kay yah s wi t s for he -

k n ew tha t here he had an adversary who would


call forth all that was in him o f s t rength and skill
if he was t o escape death .

By the dim light that ltered momentari l y from


between t he storm clouds Kay yah could b arely ,

-

see beyo n d the square opening o f the d oorway and ,

steppi n g quickly to the left side of it he crouched ,

f o r the spr i ng that must be made a t his an t agonis t


the moment he en t ered as he evident ly int ended
,

doi n g Armed with the killin g knife and knowing


. -
,

Kay yah to be unarmed the Odds were all wi t h
-
,

Wau kO ma and the resul t Of t he impend in g gh t


-

-
,

seemed certain .

I n t he dead silence tha t n o w reigned in which ,

Wau kO ma seemed to be lis t ening Kay yah de


-

-
,
-

cided o n his o n e possible course o f ac t ion B ein g .


KAY YAH AT TA PAU WE E
- -
-
67

on the right side O f his antagonis t he could onl y ,

hope f o r light e n ough to see the arm that held the


k n ife if the young chief entered the doorway The .

darkness was his greatest aid an d he felt thankful ,

t ha t no sp ark o f the re remained to light up the


int erior o f t he lodge Wau kO ma was evide n tly
.
-

-

wai t ing to fully recover his breath after his ght


wi th t he guard He also probably hoped for some
.

sound from within the hogan as the i n terior loomed ,

black and O ff ered no suggestio n as to where Kay


,

yah might be The pause became so lo n g that Kay


.

yah began to think that his enemy would n o t come


inside un t il some moveme n t Of his o wn be t rayed
his posi t ion .

Then very slowly a dim light came from a rif t


in t he clouds and t he dark bulk Of the crouchi n g
chief was revealed some four feet from the e u
t rance Ins t an t ly Kay yah sprang like amountain
.

-

cat at its prey The im pact O f the young Indian s


.

body against his a n tago n ist was a powerful o n e ,

and would have resulted disastrously for the T O


t o me had he n o t been somewhat prep ared for such
-

a move o n Kay yah s part ; an d as it was h is beav



-

ier weigh t was all t hat saved him from losing his
balance .

Half t wis t ing in a short backward step Wau ,

kO ma ins t antly drew his right arm for the kni f e


-
68 L OST IND I AN MAGI C

thrust ; but Kay yah s left hand had t he wris t b e


-

fore the blow could fall and his righ t arm had ,

gone about the neck Of his enemy B oth m e n .

knew that it was now a test o f streng t h and skill .

N O sound p assed their lips as each for very di ff e r ,

ent reasons wan ted silen ce Wau k O m a becaus e


,
.
-
-

-
he wished to kill Kay yah secretly and Kay yah -
,

because he wished t o make way with his an t agonis t


and escape B ackward and forward the two gure
.

struggled Wau kO ma depending upon his superi


,
-

- !

o r weight and Kay yah upon his skill and agili t y


-
.
,

With a roar the passing s t orm broke overhead ,

and as the wind swept over t he mesa it drove great


shee t s Of rain upon the struggli n g men drenching ,

t heir bodies and m aking their hold upon each o ther


more d ifcul t t o re t ai n Kay yah was t hankful f o r
.
-

the rough rock footi n g beneath as a slip o r fall ,

made by the unarmed man in such a gh t could


mea n only o n e thing Twice did Kay yah try the
.
-

wrestler s leg hold to trip his enemy and e ach time



-
,

Wau kO ma evaded him with a skill tha t showed


-

-

that he to o knew the tricks Of the wres t ler Again .

and again Wau kO m a exerted every ounce o f his


-

-

stre n gth to bri n g the knife down o r wrench his


arm from his enemy s grip Twice its p o m t pricked

.

-
Kay yah s wrist but each time he again forced th e

arm o f his enemy upward The strain was n o w .


KAY YAH AT TA PAU WE E
- -
-
69

growing t errible and Kay yah realized wi t h grim -


,

satisfactio n tha t Wau kO m a was breathing more


,
-

-

heavily t ha n he .

Suddenly with a mighty e ff ort the young chief


, ,

pulled in savagely o n the left arm that was abou t


Kay yah s waist and be n t him backward with all
-

the stre n gth that could be brough t to h e ar T h e .

move took Kay yah O ff his guard an d he felt h im



-
,

self bending to a poi n t where he would fall beneath


his foe B u t o n e possible course Of action now stoo d
.

betwee n him an d certain death and he put it to ,

i n s t an t t est With a quick movement for which


.
,

he was famous amo n g the wrestlers O f his own camp ,

he threw his left leg o u t as far as possible t o o n e


side ; then suddenly l e tti n g go o f Wau k o ma s -

-

wris t he t wisted his whole body downward t o the


,

left breaking the hold that bou n d his wais t and


, ,

instantly brought his left forearm beneath his an


ta o n ist s chin The knife descended bu t s t ruck

g .

onl y a glanci n g blow that ripped int o t he shoulder .

B efore it could be raised again K ay yah had forced ,


-

t he head of his e n emy backward and had a t t he ,

same instant tur n ed his own body until his back


was alm ost against the b ack o f his foe his right ,

ha n d grippin g Wau k O ma s left arm from t he -



-

rear With back arched as a powerful brace he


.
,

now slowly pulled downward .


70 L O S T I ND I AN M A G I C

Kay yah s unlooked f or ac t ion had been e x ecu t e d


-
-

so quickly t hat Wau kO ma inten t onl y upon t he -



-
,

use Of his knife did not realize until to o la t e t ha t


,


he had been caught in the s t rangle hold Of Thal

kin the choke neck throw S avagely t hough in
,
-
.
,

e ff ectually n o w he struck downward with t he k ni fe


, ,

bu t could only reach his an t agonis t where no t ell


ing blow could be dealt .

Then f or the rst t ime Kay yah spoke I n per


-
.

f e c tly good T O to me he s aid :


-
-


The Nag ap ah dog shakes t he TO to me ra t
- - -

-


in his t eeth .

Wau kO ma dropped the knife and wit h both


-
-
,

h ands he now clutched frant ically a t t he arm tha t


was slowly but surely c rushing the breat h from him .

A momen t later the T O to me s body relaxed and -



-

Kay yah threw him t o the ground where he lay


-
,

still .

In the s t arlight tha t broke t hrough the las t rag


ged clouds O f the passing storm Kay yah knel t ,
-

over his senseless foe and picking up t he knife ,

thought f o r a moment to make sure O f the dea t h


, ,

o f his e n emy ; bu t as he raised the weapon n o w red ,

with his own blood his eye suddenly caugh t sigh t


,

o f a little bag abou t Wau k O m as neck Its f a -



-
.

miliar shape and color needed no close scru t iny .


CHAP TE R IV

TH E H I DDE N PA SSAGE

Th e y b uil t
in age s l o n g ago, th e N a y a a e
k d

I n s to n y l iff an d w all an d ro y h e igh t,


c ck
B ut th e y h av e go n e th e l o n g trail o f th e ea d d
A nd le ft no tale, no re c d or o
f th e ir g
i h t .

HE N Kay yah stepped backward over t he



!

cli ff he believed that he went to his death .

I n t he ash o f a seco n d all o f the event s Of his


pas t life seemed t o pas s before his mi n d with as
to n ish in g clearness ending with th e triumphant
,

ba t tle with his enemy above .

Then came a crash as t hough his body were


hurtled through a cloud Of we t brush and crackling
t wigs From this moving mass he rolled wi t h t er
.

ri c speed fell a little way and clutching o u t des


, ,

p e ra t el
y, caught and held what seemed to be amass
of stout t wigs His body whipped downward as
.

his grip held rm and with a j arring blow i t s t ruck


,

h eavily t he u n resisti n g limb O f a tree , .

A sharp pain in his side like the s t ab O f ablun t ,

knife caused a groan t o escape his lips


, Quickly .

72
TH E H I DDEN PAS SAGE 73

loweri n g himself from the scratching branches Of


the thick topped j u n iper into which he had fallen
-
,

he felt the rocks O f the steep slope below him and


crouched down beneath the tree stil l holding to the
,

twisted tru n k .

The light from a torch n o w ickered from above ,

an d he he ard the voices Of the T O to mes who were


-

-
,

run n i n g to an d fro o n the cli ff edge above him .

He waited in sile n ce for a mome n t tryi n g to re ,

cover the breath that had almost left his body and ,

realized that he had narrowly escaped death A .

lighted torch was hurled from above an d came spin


n i n g in great circles through the air throwing show ,

ers O f Sparks in its descent It struck a pro j e ctio n


.

in the canyon wall some f eet from h im bounded ,

o u t and do w n i n to the sp ace below Evidently i t .

was thrown with the hope that its ligh t would re


veal his positio n but in this it failed as the dense
, ,

top Of the tree above him protected him from the


sight O f his enemies and he was safe f o r t he mo
,

me n t at least The are o f the torch had revealed


.

two importa n t things t o him : in o n e he saw t he


real reason for his escape from worse inj ury and
possible death an d in the other a possible w ay to
,

get safely to the level country below .

Al l abou t t he tree in grea t black piles were


, ,

m asses o f tumble wee d balls t ha t had l oose ned f ro m


-
74 L O S T I ND IAN MAGI C

the mesa above during the storm an d had blown ,

over the cli ff t o lodge among the tree t ops and


bushes below In t o o n e o f these drifts of wet tum
.

ble weed he had fallen breaki n g th e force Of his


-
,

descent before he had crashed into the t op o f the


j uniper tree -
.

His side n o w t hrobbed wi t h dull pain and t he


smarting wound in his shoulder reminded him that
the blood mus t be staunched Quickly tearing a .

strip from t he soft buckskin abou t his loins he ban


d age d t he cut as best he could drew the knot tight ,

with his t eeth and started downward ! s sile n tly


,

and as rapidly as the darkness and s t eep slop e


would permit .

He had made considerable progress when a large


s t one loosened by his feet went crashin g down
, ,

in t o the brush below I t s loud noise indicated his.

position to the watchers above and almost ins t an t


l y a shower Of rocks fell about him Then loud .

voices as if the men were quarreling came to his


, ,

ears and no more s t ones were t hrown Evidently


, .

some Of each faction were among the men and the ,

followers O f Tag a mo had probably persuaded-



-

the s t one throwers to cease Bu t the noise o f the


-
.

falling rock had told them what t hey were waiting


t o know tha t h e w as alive and he knew they woul d
, ,
THE H IDDEN PAS SAGE 75

immediately dispatch a party Of men for every t rail


that led dow n ward to head him O ff
, .

From a little way below him n o w came the sou nd


Of the stream swollen i n to a torre n t by the heavy
,

rain and as he reached its lo w ba n k he plunged


,

his face into the cooling water H e remembered .

from what he had seen that morning from his posi


t ion o n t he mountai n that the northern ba n k Of
,

the stream on which he n o w fou n d himself was


, ,

comparatively smooth an d took comfort in the fac t


,

that as no trail led directly down the cli ff which was ,

much too gte e p f o r cl imbi n g his pursuers would be


,

compelled to go o u t around the base o f the mesa ,

an d could no t get to him from his side Of the stream ,

as the great crags an d boulders would make their


passage to o slow and dangerous in the darkness .

B u t he could not remain here as the very Obstacles


,

tha t preve n ted his enemies from reaching him b arred


his o w n escape .

He t ook the only possible trail which followed ,

the s t ream and led directly to the mountain and ,

he could o n ly h O p e that with the darkness as an


ally he could gain the foothills before the T O to mes -

-

could i n t ercept his path As he ran he thought care


.

fully O f all the methods his enemies would probably


use t o recapture him The swiftest runners would
.

doub t less take the t rail t hat followed t he foot of


76 L O S T IND IAN MAGI C

the mou n tain from which t hey could cu t across his


,

path a mile o r so farther along where t he stream


,

curved downward from the foo t hi l ls Then p e rh ap


.

a second party would be sent o u t int o the deser t


from the other side Of t he camp and would at t emp t
t o head him O ff if he t urned away from the moun
t ain an d sough t t o escape across the plain The .

fac t that the pa t h he was now traveling was a far


shorter cu t to the foothills than any his pursuers

could take was almost discounted by the cer t ainty


that his wound and desperate struggle wi t h W au
kO ma had t aken half o f h is usual s t rength


.

He ran steadily w ith no at t empt to a t tain the


,

speed th at he could make if he exerted all his


strengt h He k n ew that the testin g t ime would
.
-

come as soon as he commenced to climb i n to higher


ground that lay ahead Agai n and again did he
.

have to stoop lo w as he ran to ease the p ain in


,

his side bu t he kept his mind xed o n the o n e


thou gh t th e bag was his again and he mus t no t

,

be caugh t .

Presently he heard the sound o f wat erfalls that


t old Of higher ground ahead and soon he found
,

himself o n a narrow trail tha t ran sharply upward ,

zig zagging across the side O f a steep foo t hill I m


-
.

m edia t ely ahead loomed the grea t dark mass Of t he


THE H IDD EN PAS SAGE 77

moun t ain and he realized that he had reached com


p ara t iv e l y safe grou n d ahead O f his pursuers .

He was n o w forced to walk and climb as fas t


as his s t re n gth would permit and after a few mo
,

ments came out onto level ground Quickly lying .

do w n he put his ear to the earth and listened He


, .

could disti n ctly hear the p ad p ad O f m o c c asin e d fee t


-

some distance away an d arose stari n g about h im in


, ,

the dim starlight to get his bearings .

A cli ff loomed ahead an d he saw that he stood


o n a wide trail t h at led around it a n d doubtless rose

t o a higher level There was no other path visible


.
,

so he ran o n and when he had rou n ded the cli ff


he found himself o n a seco n d ledge Of rock well up
o n the highest foothill very near the base o f the

mountain Here the trail ran into another t ha t


.

seemed to cross it at a sharp angle Again there was


.

no t ime to stop to make a choice an d turning to the ,

righ t he ran for some dista n ce along a smooth level


,

shelf O f rock that skirted the rst great rock wall


,

o f the mountain . Soon it began to widen o u t grad


ua lly and the n ended abruptly in a mass o f huge
,

rocks that had falle n from above Arriving a t the.

end he peered o u t over the rocks and could see tha t


the wall dropped sheer down in a great precipice
j us t beyond them Turning abou t he saw t he e ven
.

stone s Of a whitened wall in the deep shadow a t


78 L O S T IND IAN MAGIC

the base o f the cli ff its center cu t by t he sharp


, ,

black openi ng o f a doorway .


The home Of the N ay akaed he said to him - -

se lf ; and turning swiftly ran back to see if t he


, ,

trail he was o n did not branch O ff and lead t o a


still higher level B ut he had not taken many steps
.

before he heard the sound Of his pursuers running


along the trail a little lower down There was no .

time now t o search for a b ack t r ail and he t urned ,


;

abou t an d retraced his s t eps to t he ancien t cli ff


dwelling Above him loomed the overhangin g wall
.

o f rock the rs t mighty cli ff Of the grea t moun t ain ;


,

below was a drop in the darkness to depths he could


n o t see He knew it would be useless t o hide in
.

the fallen rocks The T O to mes would separat e


.
-

-

when they came to any branch Of the tr ail and ,

he k n ew there would be at least four men sent t o


explore each n e w trail that Opened al ong the way .

Each party would have a torch that would be ligh t


ed when search for his tracks began and his every ,

footprin t would be plainly visible in t he moist s and


O f t he rock ledge .

He knew that neither his o w n people n o r th e


TO to mes ever e n t ered the ancient abodes Of t he
-

-

Na y akaed the v anished people Of t he cli ff s ; bu t


- -

,

putting all superstition and fear from his t hough t s


he en t ered the do o rway of t he dwelling deciding ,
80 L O S T IND IAN MAGI C

tles woven in and o ut among them He climbed


,
.

up o n the pile o f fallen rock and reached upward ,

hopi n g to nd a loose ceiling pole that could be


-

used as an e ffective weapon while his strength las t


ed As he caught hold O f the small ceiling timbers
.

he fou n d to his surprise that not only o n e pole but


, ,

a whole section O f them was movable an d although ,

it could n o t be forced downward it could be pushed


upward with appare n t ease .

As he pushed upward a cool draught Of air


poured over him an d a quantity of n e dust sifted
,

down over his head an d shoulders Evidently there .

was an ope n i n g above and probably the back Of


,

the structure had a second story Perhaps t he pile .

Of crumbled rock and earth o n which he stood had


b een some ki n d O f a stairway long ago tumbled
,

into ruins Again he pushed upward an d outward


.

o n the poles a n d fou n d that they could slide to one

side far enough to admi t his body through t he open

ing thus made .

Weakened as he was an d alm os t unnerved by


,

the pain in his side he knew that it would require


,

every Ounce O f his stre n gth to draw himself up and


through the hole C lenchin g his t eeth as if t o shut
.

ou t the pain that would be caused by the exertion ,

and drawing a deep breath he clasped the poles


,

a t t he sides o f the Opening and drew himself up


THE H IDD EN PA S SAGE 81

until he could sit o n the edge O f the hole As he .

drew his feet up he heard the noise O f a party o f


his pursuers who had j ust arrived on the ledge o ut
side Cautiously and as s ilently as possible he
.
, ,

moved t o o n e side far enough to slide the section


o f poles bac k into place an d nding it secure sat
,

down upon i t leaning wearily against the cli ff wall


,

tha t continued up the back o f the room o r opening


in which he n o w found himself .

The darkness around him was in t ense He coul d .

see nothing but could distinctly hear the conversa


,

tion Of the m e n who n o w had gathered near the


door o f the dwelling H e could hear the whirr
.

whirr of re sticks as o n e o f the men made a re


to ligh t the t orch The men spoke in low guttur al
.

tones f o r they had no t yet see n his tracks and did


,

no t wish their remarks t o be heard in case he was


hiding in the rocks beyond them Presently the .

snappin g o f the burning bark came t o Kay yah s -

ears as the t orch was lighted and almos t ins t antly


,

a shout went up as his t racks were discovered .


The dog has run t o t he end o f his t r ail t his
t ime and n o w hides in t he house O f t he dead t o s ave
,


himself ! said a voice .


Those are his tracks and he ll no t make many


more said another
. .
82 L O S T IND IAN MAGI C

Then a voice t hat he knew t o be tha t o f t he m an


C hot z u spoke
-
.


The Nag apah dog h as a witch in him Her e
- -
.

is another proof ; for he enters the house Of t he dead ,

and no o n e who is not a witch would do that N O .

man who is n o t o f the Shin di ! devil ! people can -

kill an armed gu ard take a knife from Wau kO m a ,


-

-


and s t r angle h im .


W au kO m a w as no t s trangled to t he dea th
-

-
,


replied an other voice When I left T a p au w e e
.
-
-

he was alive and although he could no t speak Tag


, ,


a mo says he will live
-
.


Bu t I say again that he is a witch ! spoke Cho t


zu. For he can wrestle like the Shin di He al -
.


mos t threw m e tw o suns ago .

This l ast remark was followed by the sound Of


other men j oining the rs t party and a voice that ,

Kay yah reco gnized to be that O f H awal li called



- -
-

out :

Y should be the las t to speak o f t he Nag a


ou
-

p ah s skill in wrestling C hot z u He t hrew you as


,
-
.

easily as a man throws a child an d would have made ,


an e n d o f y o u had I n o t come t o your assis t ance .


You think I fear the d o g o f a N ag ap ah ? - -

sneered C hot zu
-
.


If y o u do n o t fear him gO in there and b ring ,


him out challenged H awa l li
,
-
-
.
84 L O S T IND IAN MAGI C

t ure bu t those who had lived t o tell o f t heir e xp e ri


,

ence said that they tracked the witch until they


he a '
id the many growls and sounds tha t it made
and t hen they dared no t go further for the sounds ,

were fearful like t hat Of the growls Of many dif


f e re n t a ni mals .


The bear witch is not here ; the Nag ap ah is
-

- -


here and we must take him back to T ag a m o
,
-
-
,

said th e voice of H awal li -


-
.


The dog dies here replied Chot z u ; bu t his ,
-

voice lacked strength and the rem ark sounded like


an idle boas t .


Give me the t orch com m anded H aw al li ; ,
-
-

and a momen t later Kay yah heard his foo t s t eps a t -

the door .


Come o u t t o us and you have fair t ria l before
,


T ag a mo-

-
he called in Nag apah Then re
,
-
-
.
,

c e iv in g n o reply he walked into the room and Kay



, ,

yah could see the ickering poi n ts o f light through


the poles ben eath him and the pungent Odor Of ,

the burning j u n iper bark came to his nostrils O ther .

foot falls about the doorway an d the sound o f


-
,

bodies crowdin g t ogether told him that several face s ,

mus t be peeri n g in doubtless expecting t o see th e


,

brave H awal li in a death struggle wi t h him o r


-

-
,

being torn t o pieces by t he witch .

In a voice so husky with a nameles s dread as t o


THE H IDDEN PAS SAGE 85

be scarcely more tha n a loud whisper H awal li ,


-

-


said : He is not here !
Then as if the terror Of the situa t ion struck them
,

all at o n ce the crowd ed down the trail


,
.

The fear O f the T O to mes was for the momen t


-

-

shared by Kay yah but he drove the fear from



-
,

his heart and rose slowly to his feet feeling about ,

him in the darkness as he did so H e could n o t .

go down again i n to the room below as he knew that ,

t he dawn was near an d that the T O to mes in


,
-


,

spite o f t heir temporary fear would not le ave any ,

trail unguarded from below As he felt about him .

in t he darkness he found to his surprise that he could


t ouch four walls o f solid rock He must be in a sort .

Of ch imney cut o u t Of the cli ff itself He fel t care .

fully Over t he walls with his ha n ds and present ly


his ngers slipped into a small slot o r hole which
he instantly knew to be a crude step o r foothold
t o be used in cl imbing The little hollow was lled
.

wi t h ne dust bu t he pushed his n gers through


t his and fou n d that the depression slanted down
ward at t he b ack f o r a good n ger length thus ,

forming a hand as well as foothold Above as far .


,

as he could reach were similar depressions cu t a t


,

regular in tervals into the solid rock .

As he looked upward he could see nothing bu t ,

t he means Of climbing which he h ad found made


, ,
86 L O S T IND IAN MAGI C

it cer t ain tha t there was some opening or p as sage


above Feeling somewhat revived after his rest
. ,

and encouraged by the discovery Of the holes in the


rock he tighte n ed his belt and started slowly up
,

ward Up an d up he went and was soo n than kful


.
,

that the Na y akaed were little people and had


- -

therefore been compelled to make the hand and


footholds close together ; otherwise he felt he could
never reach the top as his muscles almost refused
,

to work and his strength was nearly gone .

After wha t seemed an endless climb he could ,

feel the sides O f the passage narrowing and the ,

back wall Of the great crack o r openi n g w as n o w so


close that he could lean back against i t and wi t h ,

feet securely braced in t he holes he could thus res t,

his righ t arm now s t i ff ened by the wounded shoul


,

der A little farther up the s t eps ended and feel


.
,

ing t o t he left with his foot he found tha t it rested


o n a level ledge Of rock He stepped o ut and cau
.

tio u sly moved along the ledge He knew that he


.

must be in a great crack o r crevice in the moun


tain side f o r there was little more than room f o r
-
,

his body to move sidewise between t he walls .

He had n oticed that the air was growing fresher


and it n o w blew down o n his face and fevered body
in cool refreshi n g gus t s that told he was ne aring th e
opening He was stil l in complete darkness an d
.
88 L O S T IND IAN MAG I C

lie f Through half open eye s h e l ooked abou t him


.
-

and fel t more as though he were in a land Of dreams


than in a land Of reali t y In o n e direc t ion he .

could look ou t in t o emp t y space whose far thest


outlines were lost in the early morning mists while ,

in another he co ul d look along the wide ledge o n


which stood t hree large cli ff dwellings more elabor
ately buil t than t he o n e he had left below He .

wondered hazily wha t t heir bu ilder s could have


been like ; t hen t he ancien t dwellings seemed to fade
from his sigh t ; the moun t ain seemed t o move and
slowly t o t urn around and around He closed his .

eyes and ex tended his arms o n t he ground in an


e ff ort t o s t eady his reeling senses His thoughts .

wen t whirling through a j umble Of event s in which


t he pain in his side seemed t o be akind Of animal
wit ch tha t was t rying to lower him into a bot t om
less pi t Then in t o his confused thoughts came
.
,

t he sound O f a voice singing It came nearer and .

nearer The voice was t ha t Of a TO t o me man


.
-
-
,

an d now t he words crowded o ut all Of the weird


impressions tha t had thronged his mind and rang
clear and distinct in his brain .


The s un -
go d c o me s ; th e s un -
g d com
o es ;

He d r aws h is b o w an d th e Sh ad o ws y .

T h e n igh t is e e in g ac r o s s th e s ky .

H e lift s h is h e ad an d th e d ay is n igh
, .
THE H I DDEN PAS SAGE 89

0 M o th e r E arth th e l igh t is com e


, .

0 B ro t h e r S t ar s th e n igh t is go n e
, .

T h e s un go d c o m e s ; th e s un go d com e s
- -
.

A t the sound o f the To to me language alarm


-

-
,

seemed to battle f o r advantage in Kay yah s f e


-

vered brain and in a moment he had raised himself


,

upon his elbow t u rning his face toward a bend in


,

the shelf o f rock from whence the voice O f the ap


ro achin To to me seemed to come He made a

p g
! -
.

great e ffort t o rise then all turned black abou t him


,

and he fe ll back in t o unconsciousness .


CHAPTE R V

DE E -
N AY S N ARRAT I V E

To h
ni
-
t t h o un il c c s i ts , w ith in th e gl o w
g e

Of re ligh t in th e s he l te r o f th e h o gan wall s ,

A n d w is e m en tal k in guar d d e c
voi e s lo w ;
Wh il e f rom th e p l ain th e gaun t c o y o te c all s .

ANY days D ee nay wai t ed for word f rom -


Kay yah and as time passed and no mes


-
,

sage came his hear t grew heavy within him K ay


, .

yah was as a son t o him and dearly loved and t he ,


successful ou t come o f th is m issio n would have meant
t he recognition Of Kay yah as o n e Of t he chie f
-

young men o f the t rib e Bu t n o w he feared the .

worst t hat Kay yah had been cap t ured while spy


-

ing o n t he T O t o me camp and had in all prob a


-

-
,

b ility been sho t wi th arrows t he usual fa t e o f a


,

spy and his though t s grew dark with foreboding



.

Toward evening o f the sevent h d ay he sum


mo u ed t he chief medicine men o f the t ribe t o coun -

cil in t he lodge and they were n o w gathered abou t


,

the lit tle re while t he daylight waned ou t side .

They were sil ent and expec t an t t hes e wise men , ,

90
92 L O S T I ND IAN MAG I C
F o r a re as o n t h at l i h a y es e v

On m y h e art ah d I w uld t ll y o u
, o e

O f t he re as o n th at y u th in k in g
, o r

A n d th e wis dom y u h a e gath o d v e re

F r om y ou r m an y qu i t c amp s e
-
re ,

A n d th e s il e n c e of y ou r h gan o s

T h at y ou r wis dom if it m ay b , e,

M ay re v e al th e w ay t h at h idd n
s e .

D ee nay p aused an d drew t hough t fu l ly


-

pipe f or af e w momen t s .

Th at I m ay b e cl ar m y b ro th e rs
e , ,

I will te ll again th e s t ry o

Of o ur t ribe f r om th b gin n in g e e ,

T h ou gh y o u k n o w it w ll m y b ro th e rs e , .

The wis e men nodded in silence and t he smoke


from t heir pipes curled upward in a piling cloud
t ow ard t he smoke hole overh ead
-
.


L o n g be fo e o ur fath rs
r e ,

O r th e fath e r s o f o ur f at h e rs ,

H ad b e h ld th l igh t O f m rn in g ;
e e o

L o n g be fo re th e d e e r an d b is o n
H ad b e e n f righ t e n e d fro m th i v all e y ; s

F rom th e n o rt h aG re at C h i f j ou rn e y e d ; e

J urn e y e d s o u th an d b r ou gh t his p e o ple ;


o

S e ar c h in g fo r abe tt r h u n tin g ;
e

F o r al an d m re ric h an d f e t il e ;
o r

D E E NAY S NARRATIVE
-
93

S e ar c hin g f o r a s h e l t e re d v all e y
T h at w as f ro m h i f o s p ro t e c t e d s e .

Up a hill t h e G e at C hie f j o u rn e y e d ;
r

Up a m o u n t ain t h at w as h igh e r
T h an th e w o ld t h at l ay be l o w h im
r .

A ll ar ou n d h im s p re ad th e d e s e rt
A n d b e y o n d t h e mou n t ain s r is in g ;
,

A n d t h e m an y s h e l t e re d c an y o n s .

L n g an d c are ful w as hi s s e ar c h in g
o

T h n h is e y e s c re p t t o a v all e y
e

G r e n it l ay b e f o re h im s m il in g ;
e ,

Ric h in m an y v ari d v e rdu r ; -


e e

W at e r d b y a s t e am t h at s p arkl e d ;
e r

Sh l t e d b y a m igh ty c an y o n
e re .

L o n g h e l o o k e d an d t h e n h wh is p e re d e

T h o u G re at S p i it hat h d ire c t e d ;

,
r ,

T h e re b lo w m e l ie s o u r h o m in g
e .

A n d tw as t h u s o u r c amp w as fou n d e d

.

Again D ee nay paused and t he o t hers gave gu t


-

,

t ural sounds Of approval and a frma t ion .

In th se d ay s O f th e b ginn in g
o e ,

P ac ful w as th t ri be an d h app y ;
e e e ,

B ut t h C h i f w as of a n at u r
e e e

T h at f l n g c uld n t st ay qui e t ;
or o o o

I n h i h a t th
s ein g p irit
r e ro v s

E er g w m r
v t ro n g an d u rge n t ;
re o e s

B ut hi p e pl w re c n t n t e d
s o e e o e
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A nd d e sire d t o ro am n o l o n g r e
.

I t is k n w n t o y u my b r o th e r s
.
o o . ,

H o w th e tim gre w l o n g an d lo n ge r e ,

t e n th e o in C h ief wa s a by en t ; s
g r

A b s n t f o m th e t rib e an d cou n c il
e r .

B u t at l as t th e re c am e amo rn in g
.

V h e n h e c am e b ack t o h is p e opl e ,

S t an g in l o o k an d s t r an ge O f m an n e r
r e
,

A n d c al l e d all th e trib e t o cou n c il :


Y o un g a n d o l d h e ca ll e d t o c o u n c il !
.

D ee ay p aused a
n d looked t hou gh t full y a t t he

-
n

fire .

T h e s e th e w o r d s h e gay e in cou n c il

B ro th s it h as be n my r ul in g
er . e

T h at a ll m e n sh o ul d l i e as pl e as e d th e m v

If th y b u t be y th e c o u n c il
e o .

T h y w h o ch o o s th e qu i e t l i i n g
e e v

O f th e fi e ld an d c am p an d c o u n c il ,

T h y h ay e c h o e n w e ll my b
e th e r s ;
s ro

T h e y w h o d o p r o t e c t o u r c am p re s

In th e gh tin g O f o u r f o e m n e .

T h e y h ay e c h o s e n w e ll my b r o th e r s , .

Th y w h o b rin g u s f o d an d cl o thi n g
e o ,

Hi d e f o r b o w s an d i n t f o arr o w s r ,

F r o m th e c an y o n an d th f o r e s t e ,

B ut m
y w ay is n ot . as y o u r w ay ;
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T o th e wis e m en of m y p e opl e

Wh e n th e y s e k m e in th e f o re s t
e .

N o w m y b ro th e rs I h av e s p o k e n
, , ,

A n d m y w ay i s n o t as y o u r w ay ,

P e ac e b e wit h y o u p e ac e an d pl e n ty

.
,

A n d h e l e f t h is p e opl e gaz in g,

A s h e w alk e d in t o th e f o re s t ;
W alke d n o lo n ge r as am an w ould
B ut as b e ar up o n h is fou r fe e t .

A n d twas s o it h app e n e d b r o th e rs

, ,


T h at we rs t re c e iv e d o ur M agi c .

Dee nay drew the lit t le b ag again from his belt


-

and sca t tered a pinch o f t he fragran t powder on


the ames His lis t eners wai t ed e x pec t ant ly f o r him
.

to con t inue .


F rom t h at d ay o ur p e opl e p ro s p e re d ;
I n th e b att l e al way s v ic t o rs ;
I n t h e h u n t th e y w e re s ucc e s s ful ;
I n t h e e ld th e m an y gre e n thin gs
G re w ab u n d an t ly an d rip e n e d .

F ro m th e c any o n c am e o u r riv e r ,

Giv in g t o th e v all e y wat e r .

A n d th e mou n t ain s gav e u s t u rquo ise ;


G av e u s we al th in m an y t u rquo is e .

F ro m th at d ay o u r p e o pl e p r o s p e re d ;
F ro m th e d ay o u r M igh t y M agic
L ay upo n th e s ac re d al t ar
I n th e s ac re d m e al an d p o ll e n
'

.

D E E NAY S NARRATIVE
-
97

D ee nay looked abou t him at t he circle of faces ;


-

each head drooped and the pipes lay before them


o n t he oor held in inert hands He nodded slow .

ly .

N ow e ld s are d ry an d y e llo w ;
o ur

S t ro n g o u r f o e s s e e m t o ur w e ak n e s s
o .

G o n e o ur t re as u re go n e o u r t u rquo ise ;
,

A n d th e b o w arm s o f o u r h u n t r s
-
e

O ft e n idl e h an g be s id e t h e m
F o r th e l ack o f an y h u n t in g .

A n d th e riv r t h at o w d s in gin g
e e , ,

F ro m th e c an y o n t o o u r all e y v ,

B are ly c r e p s ac ro s s t h e p e bb l e s
e ,

B are l y s av e s o u r l ip s f o m p ar c h in g r .

A n d o u r al t ar B ro t h e rs l o o k y o u !

,

See th e al t ar t o p is v ac an t !

On l y s c att e re d m e al an d p o ll e n
L ie upo n it s e mp ty s u r f ac e .


W h e re ! Oh wh e re ! h as go n e o u r M agic ?
,

He ste pp e d abrup t ly and every head was raised .

An o l d man opened his mouth as if t o S peak but ,

D ee nay raised his hand commanding sil ence


-

, .

N o I would not h av e y o u an swe r .

For I much t o t e ll y o u ;
ve t h av e
I wh o s aw an d k n w c an t e ll y o u
, e ,

O f th at n igh t wh e n s t r an ge thin gs h app e n e d .


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B ut v e s umm e r s un s p as se d us
h av e ,

B ut v e win t e r s n o w s h av e m e l t e d
S in c e t h e n igh t o u r p e o pl e h u rrie d
T o p re p are o u r c amp f o r l e av in g .

F o r th e s e as o n was th e s p rin gtim e


Wh e n we fare in t o th e d e s e rt
F o r o u r y e arl y s p rin gtim e h u n tin g ,

A s y o u k n o w s o w ll m y b r o th e rs
e , .

Wh e n w e l e av e o u r s un b ak e d h o gan s
-

F o r th e hi d e t e n t s of th e d e s e rt
A n d be c o m e again a p e opl e
Of th e o p e n pl ain an d m e s a ,

R o v in g h u n t r s f o r as e as o n ;
e

Wh e n o u r t re as u re d s t o re are hidd e n s

I n th e r o k c av e s of th e c an y o n
c

A n d o u M agi c al way s gu ard e d


r

B y th e o n e wh o is appo in t e d .

! A n d

t w as al w ay gs u a r d e d s a f e l y
T il th e n igh t t h e n igh t we k n o w o f !

, .

T wo we re s e n t t o h id e th e t re as u re ,

T wo we re s e n t f ar up th e c an y o n ;
O n e t o gu ar d an d o n e t o h id e it ,

Wh e re th e n igh t an d d ark we re th ick e st .

W h e n th e p att e r o f th ir f o o t st e p s
e

H ad be e n s wall o we d b y th e c an y o n
I re tu rn e d th n t o th e h o gan ;
e

T o th e l o d ge wh e re w as o u r al t ar .

I D e e n ay f wh o was t o gu ard it
,
-
, ,

Was t o gu ard o ur M igh ty M agic .


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Wh o cou t in g in o u r c an y o n
we re s ,

A n d wh o s e f at e we n e v e r h e ar d of .

T h is is k n o wn t o y o u m y b ro th e rs
, .

S o o ur M agic an d o ur t re as u re
B o th we re lo s t b e y o n d t h e n d in g .

We h av e s e ar ch e d th e r ocky c an y o n ,

S e ar c h e d th e c amp an d e v e ry h o gan .

E v e ry m an an d c hild an d wo m an ,

A ll h av e aid e d in th e s e ar c h i ng .

B ut t o n o av ail m y b r o th e rs
,

B u t t o n o av ail m y b ro th e rs
, .

Dee nay s t opped and bowed his head The


-

.

ashes in his pipe lay cold and gray and he emp t ied
them in t o the little re and laid aside t he pipe ; th e
o t hers followed his example .

All h e re k o n n me d
a
w th e b o yK ay y ah ,
-
'

S o n o f h im th e y c all e d ! u ah i d a
'
- -

Wh o fe ll d e ad b e f o re h is h o gan
On th e ni
gh t d is ast e r
o f o ur .

K ay y ah wh o h as p r o v e d t h e b rav e s t

-
,

O f o u r y o u n g m e n in th e h u n tin g ,

Wh o is fe arl e s s as th e e agl e ,

A n d as s k illful as th e be av e r ;
K ay y ah wh o h as l e d th e s e ar c hin g
'
-
,

F o r o u r M agi c an d o ur t re as u re ;
Wh o h as be e n m y willin g pup il
F o r th e s e m any m an y h arv e s t s
, .

D E E NAY S NARRATIV E
-
10 1

I s th e re am o n g y o u , b ro th e rs ,
on e

Wh o h as d o u b t o f K ay y ah s v alo r ?

-

Every o ld head was shaken vehemen t ly and a ,


gleam of p ride came into Dee nay s eyes as he con -

tinn ed

E arl y th e n m o rn in g b ro th e r s
o ne , ,

Wh il e y o u l e p t w ith in y o u h gan s
s r o ,

K ay y ah a h is d ail y w n t w as
'

, s o ,

W e n t t o v ie w t h e s un go d s ri s in g

.

A s h e s t o o d all u n s u s p e c t in g
, ,

T w o s p ran g at hi m f ro m th b u sh e s e .

S p ie s t h e y we r o f th e T o t o m s
'
e ,
- -
e .

A n d t h e y s p r an g an d h e ld h im h lpl e s s e


T il o n e o f t h e t w o h ad t ak n e

F rom h is n e ck a b ag th at h u n g th e re ,

T h e n th e y ran back t o th e ir p e o pl e .

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6

B ro th e rs w h av all u p c t d
, e e s s e e

T h at o u r M agic l ay w e ll h idd e n ,

W ith th e t as u e th at w as b u rie d
re r .

H o w w k n w n o t h w ! uahi d a

- -
e e o

C ould h a e t ak e n it we k n o w n o t
v ,

N o r hi as n f r o d o in g
s re o o s .

B ut a s t ran ge r thin g h a h app e n e d s ,

A n d th e an sw t ill i h idd n er s s e .

F o r th e b ag f m K ay y ah t ak n
'
-
ro e

Wa h e ld b y this s am ! uah i d a
s e -
'
-
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Wh e n h e fe ll be fo re h is h o gan
Pie r c e d b y m an y f o e m an arr o ws .

T his w as t o ld t o m e b y K ay y a
'
h
,

Wh o kn w o n ly th at h is m o th e r
e

Pl ac e d it o n h is n ck wh e n d y in g e ,

S ay in g th at it h e ld a f e tish ,

M e d ic in e h e mu s t n o t p art with .


B r o th e r s d id it h old o u r M agi c P

D ee nay s paus e was dramatic and it was as if


-
,

an elec t ric shock had passed through t he men abou t


t he circle They sa t rigidly erect but the re in
.
,

t heir eyes and their half open mou ths spoke o f an -

eagerness and exci t emen t t heir silenc e and


b ility did not conceal .

If o ur b th o u gh t th at o ur M agic
t ri e

H ad be n c ap t u d b y o u r f m e n
e re oe

T h y w ould l o udl y c ry f r b att l e ;


e o

B ut w e c an n t gh t m y b r o th e rs o , ,

We a we ak an d th e T t m s
re o
o
'
-
e

A re at ib o f m igh ty p pl
r e eo e .

T h u o n v ry id e I po n d e e d
s e e s r ,

And I u gh t th M igh ty S p i it
so e r

F o an an sw
r t th is p bl m er o ro e ,

A n d th an w e T h is m y b r o th e rs
s er ,

K ay y ah wh i b a an d f arl e s s
'
-
, o s r ve e ,

I ha t t th t t
v e se n m s o e o
o
'

e

T d is c
o if it m ay b
ov e r, e,
10 4 LO S T IND I AN MAG I C

She spoke again .


For what I have done I may die bu t before I ,


die I would speak .


S ah n e ! It was Dee nay who spoke and his
- -


voice was cold with disapproval D o y o u forget .


the laws o f o ur tribe and of your maidenhood ? He
spoke as a father would speak to a wayw ard child
who has displeased him .


I do not forget but the matter is o f life and
,

deat h hear me before I am co n demned



.


I t canno t b e a woman may no t speak before


the council .


A woman ! Then do not call me longer woman

I am an Indian a n d an outc a st And I would .

speak o f that which calls y o u here of K a yah -


y


and o f the Magic .


D ee n ay s eyes softened at men t ion o f Kay
-

yah s name and the frown grew less app arent


, .


Wha t know y o f Kay yah an d o f the M agic
o u
- ?

His cold t one had cha n ged to o n e t inged with in


te re st though the mention o f the Magi c had caused
,

a sligh t suspicion to enter his heart .


Then I may sp eak ? S ah ne s hands were -

tigh t clasped at her sides and spok e of nervous


-

tension .


Speak ! said Dee n ay -

She l ook e d a t t he circle o f f aces t urne d t oward



DE E NAY S NARRATIVE -
10 5

her and every eye was cold The rigid attention .

o f t he men gave no suggestion o f sympathy and a ,

wave o f faint n ess swept over her She closed her .

eyes for a seco n d an d se n t a swif t prayer for aid


to the Great Spirit o f all .


Y o u men of the Nag apah already I see my

- -

condemna t ion in your eyes You j udge me before .

y o u hear me It was so with. the women B ecause .

my father was a spy an e n emy you t hi n k me , ,

the same It is not true I was born To t o me


. .
-
-
,

but I am Na g apah n o w I f you do not believe


- -
.
,

I shall give you proof Listen I cann ot live here .


longer so The women tur n away from me t he



.
,

men make light talk as I pass I have pride ; I .

have honor I can n ot live so I am o f your people



. .

B efore the t ruth was kn own o f my father y o u ,

D ee nay taught me o f the sacred things I made


-

, .

seed cakes f o r o ur ceremo ni es and danced in the


-
,

Virgin dance of the C orn Fes t ival Hear t and sou l .

I am Nag ap ah and the gods you worship a t



- -
,

your altars I also worship But words are no t .

enough I give myself to prove what I say I


. .

was born T o to me an d my father G 6 me keeper


-

-
,

-
,

o f t he S acred E agle gave me a clan word to prove ,

my birt h This word I canno t speak aloud or t o


.

any bu t Dis din of t he T o t o mes o r his eldes t


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-
-
,
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living so n bu t it will prove my bir t h an d give me


position in t he tribe .

There w as a movement among t he men and an


ang ry look passed over their faces but before t hey ,

could speak S ah n e continued


-
.


Wai t ! I have not spoken ! I can ent er the
T o to me camp without suspicion

- -

D ee nay leaned forward and his eyes narrowed


-

in sudden comprehension .


They will receive me there as I am n o t received

here . She spoke with bitterness My father w as .

a spy in your camp I will be a spy among t he .


To t o mes
-
-
.

The men leaned forward and a murmur passed


among them .


If it is true as y o u believe that they have the
, ,

Magic I shall nd Where it is an d


, she spoke ,


slowly n ow and her head drooped I shall nd wh at ,


h as been the fate o f Kay yah

-
.

An o l d man spoke harshly :



H o w d o we know tha t y o u o f To t o me blood ,
-
-
,

will n o t take wha t you have learned t onigh t in coun


cil to the Lodge o f your people To me it is good .


reason f o r your going There was an open sneer
.

in his voice and the words stung S ah n e as if he -

ha d lashed her with a t hong The blood e w t o her .

face and she held her head high as she an sWe re d :


10 8 L O S T I ND IAN MAG I C

D ee nay again spoke and ther e was kindness in his


-

v oice .


It is well S ah n e Re t urn n o w t o your hogan
,

-
.
,

and with the sun tomorrow come to me and I shall


hav e words f o r y o u of this j ourney o n which y o u
shall s t art before the coming of another nigh t Go
.
,


n o w and see that you speak to no o n e
, .

And S ah n e passed s ilen t ly ou t of t he L odge



-
.
CHAP TER V I

TH E C AV E M AN

Th e S h in d i ro am am t h e h ill s !
-
s on
g
M ix s tro n
g m agic
m e dic i
ne-m an .

With m igh ty to o th an d c l aw h e ill s k ,

Till all b e go n e b ut th e B e ar w it h
-
c c l an .

ITH the rst return of consciousness after ,

his collapse o n the ledge o f rock Kay yah ,


-

awoke to nd himself stari n g up at the roof of a


cave whose grea t rock walls arched ou t ward in t o
a low dome above h im He turned his head t oward
.

the light t ha t ooded the room an d saw a wide


entrance through which a m an of average height
could p ass withou t stoopi n g Then his eyes wan .

dered about the cavern his thoughts searching an


,

a n swer t o the rs t ques t ion that naturally entered


his mind Where was he He tried t o think o f
.
?

t he immediate p ast ; some grea t trial o r disas t er


had befallen him he was vaguely sure of tha t bu t
, ,

wha t was i t O f only tw o things was he cer t ain


? .

He was t oo weak to rise o r even care t o rise from


,

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110 L O S T IND IAN MAG I C

the comfor t abl e bed o f skins o n which he lay and ,

he w as very hungry .

As he looked about his s t range surroundings he


saw the remains o f a small re in the cen t er o f t he
c ave oor an d near it two e arthen vessels t hat
doubtless contai n ed food o f some kind Then as .
,

though it were the memory o f a dream he had t he ,

dim recollection o f having frequently tasted mea t


soup from the smaller o f the two vessels held by a
hand that pressed i t to his lips The owner o f the .

cave mus t be away o n some errand f o r he was ,

alone .

Wi t h an e ff or t that brough t a pain t o his shoul


der and side he rose o n o n e elbow and stretched a
hand t oward the vessel It was too far away Then
. .

his e y e caught a reed wa t er bottle tha t s t ood near


-

his head against the cave wall After a deep draugh t


.

from the water it cont ained he leaned b ack and


closed his eyes N o w he must collect his t hough t s ;
.

t ry to remember what had happened to him S earch .

ing back for the last thing he could remember he


recalled the ght with Wau ko ma Then the fall -

-
.

over the cli ff Yes that w as whe n he had inj ured


.
,

his side Then slowly his mind unfolded the igh t


.

to t he moun t ains the ruin and the slow climb up


,

and up and up through a great dark crack in the


cli ff N o that mus t have bee n adr e am f o r t here
.
, ,
1 12 L O S T I N D I AN MAG I C

clan t hough t Kay yah as none bu t the clan have


,
-
,


t he dea t h he ad in their homes
-
.

Near t he sku ll hung a cluster o f sm all bags o f


smoo th d o e skin tha t doub t less conta i ned colore d
-

sands and magic medicine The cave dweller must .


-

also be a medicine man -


.

As he con t empla t ed t he little b ags Kay yah s ,


!

though t s suddenly j umped t o t he bag he had re


covered from Wau k o ma and his hand stole to his
-

-
,

bel t The li t tle b ag was gone H e fel t among


. .

the skins o n which he lay bu t his search proved ,

fruitless Then his mind recalled the rock ledge to


.

which he had somehow climbed and the voice o f ,

t he To t o me who came t oward him singing t he


-
-

S un G o d song Then this was th e cave o f a T o to


.
-

me an d t he To t o me had t aken t he bag from him


,
-
-

an d now held him prisoner !


He had no desire t o rise o r m ake an y e ff or t t o
escape and this fac t seemed strange to him In
, .

his weakness he felt like achild and was ve ry co n


t en t t o lie st ill and res t Then he no t iced that .

t he ligh t o f the sun o n the left wall o f th e entrance


struck t he rocks with a pale rosy glow The sun .

mus t be l ow and near t he horizon He n o w remem .

bered tha t when he had reached the cli ff ou t side i t


was before t he dawn and now the lo w sun t old him
,

th at th e day had alm os t gone Then his t houghts .


THE CAVE MAN 113

wandered back to his home in Ah c o and i t seemed -

a lo n g long time since he had left D ee nay s t an d


,
-

ing in the half gloom o f the big medicine lodge as


he bravely started o n his mission over the
ca n yon trail His last meeting with S ah n e
.
-

came vividly in to his min d an d a little pain came ,

into his heart as he recalled her blush and the j o y


less smile that was about her lips whe n she told
him t hat she was T o to me Why could she n o t

-
.

have bee n Nag apah ; and the n he asked himself



- -

wh y was it that he cared so much .

As he stared o u t o f the e n tra n ce i n to the gath


erin g twilight he heard the sou n d o f footstep s com
,

ing along the sa n dy trail As he listened he no .

t iced somethin g stra n ge about the shuffli n g nois e


made by the approachi n g feet O ne foot not only .

made more nois e than the other but it also groun d ,

i n to t he sand as if the own e r at each step twisted



his foot before lifti n g it again A cripple though t .
,

Kay yah The n he heard a voice a strang e deep



-
.
,

voice tha t sounded like the l o w wi n d sigh ing in


,

t he canyon As the si n ger c ame nearer Kay yah


.

-

caught fai n tly the words o f the song an d kn ew the


m a n to b e To to me The n more clearly came the
-
-
.

words

The chin dog howls he howls in the wind
-
A , .

l ong drawn o u t whine followed the w o rds t he


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whine o f a dog in fear o f a bear o r moun t ain ca t ;


t he imitation was perfec t .


The bush tail keeps to his hole s ang the voice
-
, .

The bear sits back in his cav e in fear Then .

followed a sound so like the growling o f a bear


tha t Kay yah involun t arily arose o n his elbow with
-
,

the feeling that a bear must be j ust ou t side the


cave door Then he sank b ack realizing tha t it must
.
,

have been the singer f o r t he voice wen t o n wi t h


,

the song

The wolf sit s back in his cave afraid The
low half growl half whine o f the wolf followed
,
-
,
-
.


The Shin di comes t he Shi n di comes
-
,
-
.

The song ended abrup t ly as the singer neared the


cave en t rance A momen t later a white haired o l d
.
-

man entered and Kay yah saw that he limped and


,
-

his body twisted a lit t le w i t h each s t ep In o n e .

hand he carried a large pitch cover ed wa t er bo t - -

tle of woven reeds bou n d abou t by a thong t ha t


ra n up over his shoulder t o support par t o f the

w eight . In his o t her ha n d was a stout spear used


f o r both climbing and defense After setting down .

th e water bot t le t he man turned and looked a t Kay



-

y a h , peering under his hand as if t o see more


clearly in t he darkening cave The two stared at .

each o ther f o r a moment in silence Then realizing .


,
116 L O S T IND IAN MAGIC

a con t radiction a mixture o f unusual s t rengt h and


,

weakness The face showed great ren ement bu t


.

seemed somehow to be lacki n g in strength while t he ,

long arms an d wide shoulders revealed power an d


grea t endurance in spite o f age Evidently the .

man s mind was n o t altogether right yet it was



,

plain from the surroundings that a cer t ain sane


ness and even cleverness controlled mos t of his ac
, ,

tions Kay yah had known o ld men in his o wn


.

-

t ribe whose min ds seemed to wander ye t at t imes ,

t hey thought wi t h perfec t cle a


rness .

The o ld T o t o me now squatted down by the


-

-

re and began to r ake some live coals from the


ashes S oon a blaze was crackling the dry s t icks
.
,

and o n e o f the earthen vessels was set upon t hem .


I am very hungry said Kay yah ,
-
.

In reply the o l d man reached for the small ves


se l t hat remained beside the re and handed i t t o

him withou t a word It seemed to Kay yah that


.

-

he had never t asted any thing so good as the mea t


stew that the bowl contained and he a t e with arel ,

ish When the last o f it w as ea t en h e put down


.

t he bowl and raising himself slowly in t o a sitting


,

posture made an e ff ort t o move back to the wall


, ,

where he could rest in a new position an d see his


s t range compa n io n an d the surroundings more eas
ily S eeing his movemen t t he o l d m an st epped
.
,
THE C AVE MAN 117

over and lifted him to a comfortable position agains t


the wall as easily as if he had bee n a child K ay .

yah wondered at the m an s stre n gth an d then at his

o w n feeli n g o f weakness He must ge t his strength .

back as soon as possible ; then h e must get the


little bag from the o l d man who doubtless had it , ,

and retur n to the N ag apah camp with the rst - -

opportunity prese n ted Just n o w he could use .

his thoughts onl y as his body was too weak to be


,

o f service .

S oon Tso as he had called h imself had cooked


, ,

the conte n ts o f the larger bowl and the re ligh t


ickered over his wri n kled face as he removed the
vessel to the oor S eati n g himself o n some skins
.

near t he opposite wall he leaned back and wait ed


f o r his eve n ing meal to cool .


Why do y o u who are To to me live up here
,
-

-
,


in the mountai n asked Kay yah
? -
.

To to me ! T o to me e j aculated the old man


-

- -

-
.

There is but o n e T o to me ; he is Tap awan and -



- - -

he is dead The others are slink dogs that bark


.

and run T o to me ! Umph ! I was To to me long


.
-

- -

-

ago long ago before the crow turned black o r t he


, ,

mountain cat had fur .

In t he n o w dim light the crouching gure o f t he


o l d man recalled to Kay yah s mind the eeting

-

imp ression o f some even t o f long ago S ome earl y .


118 L O S T I ND IAN MAGI C

mee t ing w it h
D ee nay no doub t T so s remarks -

.

n o w lled Kay yah s though and he began to


- '

wonder if the o l d man were an ou t cast o r hermit


who lived up here alo n e .


D o not t he To to mes come here t o see you -? -

he ve n tured .

A l o w laugh came from Tso and then he replied ,


The dogs ca nn o t nd Tso an d t he oldest son ,

o f th e E art h mother has medicine t o o strong for

the To t o me children None can come here bu t


-
-
.

We o f the E arth people Y o u know the way down .


from the t op I know th e way up from below
. .

I t was plain t ha t T so believed that he Kay yah ,


-
,

had climbed down o r fallen from the t op of t he


ledge above and he saw tha t i t was useless t o c o r
,

rec t him again but he n o w remembered distin ctly


,

having climbed up through some ki n d of crack in


the cli ff wall and recalled the hidden opening ou t
o f which he had crawled .

By t he t ime t he old man had eaten his meal ,

darknes s had settled down in the cave and only the


soft t wilight sugges t ed ra ther th an revealed its in
te rio r .


If all this s t range m an says is t rue then I can ,


l eave here as soon as I am s t rong enough t o t r avel ,

though t Kay yah Then his mind returned to the


-
.

l i tt le bag Wh y had the o l d man t aken it Aft er


.
?
120 L O S T IND IAN MAGIC

l ight he saw that it was indeed the grea t p aw o f


a bear but that it formed a strange moccasin within
,

which the man s crippled foot was held by b ands


of bearskin attached to the sides o f t he p aw I n .

st an tly he realized that here was D o h the man ,

bear the witch who was feared by both Nag apahs


,
-

and T o t o mes This revelation explained why the


-
-
.

D o h witch had a twisted moccasin o n the left foo t ,

as i t was this foot that the o l d To t o me t wisted as -



he walked It also explained the terrifying sound


.

o f the growli n g bear that men had heard when they

found f resh tracks of the man bear f o r t he o l d man ,

had already revealed his weird powers in imi t at ing


not only the bear but the wolf and t he d o g Kay .

yah laughed to himself as the full signic ance o f


the revelation came to him The bear foo t w as .

strong medici n e i n deed f o r neither a Nag apah


,
-
-

n o r a To to me would care to follow a bear wi t ch


'
-
.

With a sigh the old man sat down and after


, ,

humming for a f e w momen t s under his breath b e ,

gan to speak .


The E arth mother gives a name to all her sons ,

from Sug the rat to me the eldes t o f t hem all


, , , .


Wha t name has she given to you ?

I am called Kay yah came the rep l y '-
, .

The old man repea t ed the name over and over .


The name has no meaning for Tso I shal l call .
THE C AVE MAN 12 1

you the Rain boy because you fell d o wn from t he



-


clouds .

Kay yah t hought best t o let his aged hos t have



-

his o w n way an d made n o obj ection to the new


n ame He had two reaso n s for decid in g not to
.

anger the old man in an y way His n atural respect .

f o r o ld age was o n e ; an d the other l a y in the hope


that he would gai n the co n de n ce o f the old T o t o -

m e learn if he had the little bag and perhaps even


, ,

gain his assista n ce in n di n g the best way to return


to t he N ag apah camp Inte n t o n thoughts o f

- -
.

t he little bag he forgot for the moment that he


,

was with a T o to me and remarked in his o wn -



-

tongue

When I was o n the rocks outside o f your cave
I lost somethi n g When y o u brought me here did .

y o u nd it and keep it for me ?


a
Why do you talk Nag pah asked the o l d
?
- -

man roughly as he arose and came toward Kay


,

yah Then without waiting f o r a reply he c o n


.

tinn ed as if t o himself

Yes your hair and your moccasins are as t he
,

Nag apahs wear them B ut the E arth mother



- -
.

chooses her sons from all people .

Then as he re t urned to his place by the wall he


s p oke s t il l l owe r an d as though to himsel f al o ne
12 2 L O S T IND IAN MAGI C

D ee nay is Nag apah yes yes he is Nag a


-

- -
, ,
-


pah .

Forgetting his question abou t the los t b ag in ,

his astonishment at hearing the n ame o f D ee nay -


in the mouth o f t his To t o me Kay yah asked -


-
,
-


D o you know my father D ee nay ,
-

The o l d man either did no t hear o r was t oo


wrapped in though t to notice the question f o r he ,

made no reply Again Kay yah asked the ques


.
-

tio n and this t ime Tso looked up an d after gazing


, ,

a t Kay yah f o r some time in silence he said


-
,


Long ago before the o w l hunted by nigh t b e
, ,

fore t he at bill ran o n t op of the water when in


-
,

t he darkness o f sleep the gray wolf messenger for


t he Great Spiri t came in the night to Tap awan - -

and brought his eyes t o the long sleep amountain ,

lion fought and fell over the cli ff down down


, .

Bu t the E ar t h mother said The lion shall no t die ,


so a man o f s t rong medicine came to the lion and


t he lion lived Yes Tso knows D ee n ay and Tso
.
,
-

knows more and more and now his deep voice


t railed o ff so lo w t ha t Kay yah could scarcely hear -

t he words ye t he knew instinc t ively that h e mus t


,

no t int errupt t he o l d man s strange recita t ion


.


Yes , con t inued the low voice Tso knows ,

where t he sky pain t grows The earth s an d p aint .


-

in g is good bu t i t is not good medicine wi t hou t t he


12 4 LO S T IND I A N MAGI C

hobbling with all the speed o f which he w as cap able


,

made f o r the narrow ledge the outlin es of whose


da n gerous edge were los t in the blackness o f the
nigh t .
C HAP TER VI I

A SE C RE T C O U N CI L

The s an d s o f th e d e s e rt are f re e
f or al l
And she l te r m an y a cla n,

Wh o h av e f e lt th e l ure o
f th e ir m
y i
st c c al l
A nd o wn
f ro m th e h aun ts o
f m an .

AU K O MA S recovery from his gh t wi th



- -

Kay yah was rapid but it would have been



-
,

diffi cul t to recogn ize the true story o f that nigh t


from the accou n t he gave to Tag a mo and others -

-
.

The events as they had happen ed were far t oo


, ,

belittli n g t o his pride and self importance to re -

pea t to others an d so t he account he gave was a


s t range distortion of t he facts carefully rehearsed ,

in his thoughts to give an impressio n of truth and


accuracy It was therefore with a feeling o f fury
.
, ,

tha t he saw a t the very outset o f his carefully


,

planned accou n t a look of un m istakable doubt in


,

Tag a mo s shrewd eyes ; a doubt which grew in to


-
-

certaint y as the young chief talked .

I t w as t he day after t he happe ni n g t hat he told


125
12 6 L O S T IND IAN MAGIC

what had occurred as unt il then his t hroa t had been


,

closed t o sound and his voice was yet husky from


,

the treatment it had rece ived at the hands o f Kay

yah He lay in his own lodge o n a couch of sof t


.

skins surround ed by T ag a mo D is din and some


,
-

-
,

-
,

o f his o w n following and a restless im patie n ce shone


,

in his eyes and sounded in his voice as he spoke .


The dog o f a Nag apah has t he stre n gth o f a
- -

devil cat ; but he never could have held me had I


-


no t been taken unawares he said , .

Tag a mo did n o t attempt t o disguise the no t e


-

-

o f skepticism in his voice as he replied



Is it so O ur ears are open wide t o hear t he
?


account o f this stra n ge ght .

Wau ko ma cas t a venomous glance a t the o ld


-

-

m an and his voice w as h arsh wi t h anger as he con


tin u e d :

The nigh t was thick with storm as y o u know , ,

b u t above the sound o f the wind I though t I heard


a cry from the hogan where the Nag apah spy
-

wa s kept he broke o ff and raised h imself on


o n e elbow It h ad been well if my word had bee n
.

heeded an d t his dog put to death at su n set I d o .

not forge t Tag a mo tha t you an d others h ave


,
-
-
,

pu t my word a t nought have deed me Your


.


age alo n e protects y o u but it does not protec t all .

Tag a m o answered only with a deprecating


-

-
12 8 L OS T IND IAN MAG I C

dead . And t here was a note o f deance n ow in


Wau ko ma s voice
-

-

.

Tag a m o did not speak f o r a momen t Then


-
-
.


The mirage in the desert seems real to the man
whose thoughts are fevered with thirst but to t hose ,

who observe it is upside down And he ros e with


.

dignity and walked o u t o f t he lodge .

Wau k o ma frown ed more blackly t han be f ore


-
-
,

and he harshly commanded the remaining men to


follow Tag a mo and leave him in peace W hen he
-
-
.

was alone he lay f o r a long time looki n g up t hrough


t he smoke hole a t the bit o f blue sky t hat shone
-

t here F o r several days he lay o n t he couch o f hides


.

as his s t rength came gradually back to him bu t ,

he was n o t idle in those days ; par t y aft er par ty


of searchers he sen t into t he canyons and foothill s
and mountain t o nd t race o f Kay yah bu t they -
,

all re t urned wi t h t he same repor t : The Nag a


-

pah mus t be dead as no living t hing was t o be found


,


in t he rocks o r o n any o f the trails Bu t it was .

strange that they had not found his body nor was
there t race o f struggle o n any trail Wau k o ma .
-

a t length decided t ha t his enemy had met his death


in the cave o f some wild beast o r lay shattered at,

the foo t o f some precipice whose dark depths were


b eyond explora t ion by the eyes o f man and i t was ,
A S E C RE T C O UN C IL 12 9

with a feeling o f great relief tha t he g ave his


thoughts t o o t her things .

More and more marked had become the division


betwee n his followers and those o f T ag a mo and -

-
,

mi n gled with t he a n ger which this aroused in the


chief had come a secret fear as t o the possible o u t
come H e called together the men o n whom he
.

could most surely depend an d made many plans .

O n this day before the su n had shone above the


,

desert s rim a ru n ner leaving the door o f Wau ko


, ,
-

ma s lodge had sped down the mes a trail and dis


appeared i n to t he great stretches o f the plain To .

night asecret cou n cil was to meet in his o w n hogan


and he awaited the coming o f the men w ith im
pa t ience .

They came in s ilently o n e by o n e and t ook their


, ,

places in the circle o n the oor Guards were s t a


.

tio n e d a t t he door and watched outside All fel t .

that matters o f import ance were to b e discussed


and a sense o f impending danger o r ill was in t he
air.

The night was dark and the camp quie t bu t other ,

gures besides t hemselves were abroad and t hey


glanced a t o n e another signi cantly as several o f
Tag a mo s followers passed at some distance from
-
-

the lodge barely recognizable in the gloom


,
.


There are other councils t onigh t spoke a voice
,
.
L O S T IND IAN MAGI C

Wau ko ma looked up quickly


-
-
.


My place is at the head of all counci l s in t his

camp ! he said No n e dare call t he men t oge ther
.

save at my word .


Yet they meet said the voice again For as
, .

I passed the medici n e lodge but a moment ago ,


D is din and others entered

-
.

Anger darke n ed the face of Wau k o ma b ut -



-
,

he sat silent in thought before he spoke .


I will let it pass this one time impor t an t ma t

t ers keep me here but such things shall no t con

t in u e lo n g C hot z u move to the left three places



-
.
,

in the circle are to be left vacan t o t hers will b e


here t onight .

The m e n looked a t one another and a scarcely


audible murmur of surprise passed among them .

Wau ko ma looked about at the circle o f faces and


-

-

a gr im sm ile lifted the corner o f his mouth Their .

uncertainty pleased him ; bu t he s t ooped t o the re


tha t burned in the middle o f the oor and taking ,

an ember with o n e blackened end touched it to


the lled bowl o f his pipe and passed it about t he
circle He spoke no word and they smoked in
.

silence un t il lo w voices were heard a t the door The .

guard who was pos t ed outside spoke to another who


arrive d ; ahn o st immedia t ely he came within the
door .
13 2 L O S T I ND IAN MAGI C

The desert wolves have come at t he call o f the



m oun t ain wolf spoke t he o n e who seemed their
,


leader Wha t word h ave you for them
.
?


B rothers answered Wau ko ma and his eyes
,
-

-
,

s t ill did no t meet the eyes o f any o f his o w n men ,

w e have kept places f o r you in the circle o f our


council to signify t hat you are indeed o ur bro t hers .

B e seated and smoke with us while we talk o f many



t hings .

There were dark looks o n the faces o f m any abou t


t he circle as the strangers awkwardly and with an
ill grace t ook the seats i n dica t ed to t hem The .

desert men unders t ood To to me but spoke in a -


'
-

language tha t seemed a strange conglomeration o f


all desert t ongues and yet i t was int elligible t o
,

the men present .

Wau ko ma spoke long and in t he end his gifts


-

-

passed into the han ds o f the Ta p ee chis As he - -


.

spoke many and uneasy glances passed among his


,

followers and t hey looked at him with uncer t ai n ty


in their eyes but such was his au t hority over the m
,

that they spoke no word though t he feeling among


them was s t rong .

At last o n e o f the strangers glanced up a t t he


smoke hole where the glimpse o f night sky w as
-

growing pale .
A S E C RE T CO UNCIL 13 3

The nigh t is o ld he said We must be far , .

from here before t he sun has come .


It is well said Wau ko ma The trail lies
,
-

-
.

well guarded by my men as when you cam e Will


-
.

the desert wolves come again at t he call o f the moun



tain wolf ?


I an d my tribe will lis t en for your voice said ,


t he man We shall come whe n you call
. .


With claws prepared f o r ght ? asked Wau
ko ma

-
.

The ma n s eyes gleamed


.


Yes an d with bared teeth !
,

Agai n the gr im smile twitched at the corner o f


Wau ko ma s mouth an d he nodded toward the
-

-

door .


G o and may the Sun G o d smite your enemies !

The men passed out an d there was silence in


the lodge f o r the space o f a few moments Wau .

ko ma was still smili n g into the re but his smile


-

was no t pleasan t to see .


The deser t come s to o u r aid he said W au , .


ko ma is still chief o f the T o to mes

- -

-
.

O ne more brave than t he rest spoke up


, , .


I like this not it is n o t plai n to me t he desert


t hieves are not ou r brothers and I like it no t ,
.

Wau ko ma s expression did n o t change as he


-

-

l ooked a t the man and he did no t immedia t ely an ,


13 4 L O S T IND IAN MAGI C

swer At this mome n t the hide at the door was


.

pulled aside and a man walked in He blinked .

bli n dly at the re for a moment as a man whose ,

eyes had grown accustomed to darkness then peered ,

a t Wau ko ma an d the circle of faces abou t him




-
.


I have seen the Nag apah ! he said - -
.

The words were like an explodi n g bomb in the


room and nearly every m an gave a sharp e x cla
mati on of surprise .

Wau ko ma spoke harshly in incredulous amaze


-

-

men t .


You have see n the Nag ap ah ali7ze ? -
-


Alive and in hidi n g answered the man , .

Where did y o u see him H ave n o t our men


?


searched every t rail ? And there was a note in
Wau k o ma s voice that boded ill f o r those who
-

-

had taken this duty lightly .

Y o u will remember t hat rst nigh t t hat we


traced him to t he ruin of the Na y akaed again - -


spoke t he man It was where the trail ends b e
.

yond there t hat I s aw him .

Wau ko m a sneered
-
-


'

Y o u have see n a vision The ruin and rocks .

were searched and he could have found no food


,

in t hat place .

B ut it is no t in t he ruin o r the rocks that he is


hiding spoke the man slowly and signicantly
, .
13 6 LO S T I ND IAN MAGI C

wall o f rock above There was no trail up the face


.

o f t he cli ff no foothold an d yet I swear that I


, ,

s aw a face look at me from the ledge above ; for


the space o f a breath it was there and then gone
bu t plai n to see was the red band o n the hair I t .

is t here o n t he shelf o f rock tha t the Nag apah




- -


is hidi n g .


Is he a spider that he can craw l up a sheer

wall o f rock ? Wau ko ma s voice was s t ill in
-
-

credulous .


I t may be tha t he is a witch said t he man ; ,

I know not but he is there o n a shelf o f rock


, ,

tha t begins and ends plainly before th e eyes wi t h ,


n o way up o r down .


No t even from above Wha t is the approach
?


from above Wau ko ma spok e with impatience
-
? -
.


There is none answered the man
, The wall .

that rises beyond t he shelf over hangs by many



b an d s and there is no way up .


O f t hat you are certain ? asked Wau ko ma -
-
.


I am cer t ain And t he man s t one left n o
.


doub t as t o his convic t ion Until th e sun went .

down I searched every trail and examined every


cli ff and rock from above and below and none

climb better t han I There is no way up t o t he


.

h igher level above the shelf ; it seems t o be a p ar t


o f th e to p o f ! u a m ai t self whose hei ghts as y ou
'
-
, ,
A SE CRE T CO UN C IL 13 7

know , no living man has scaled And there is no .


w ay to the ledge itself .


Why did you not shoot the d o g ? Wau ko -

ma spoke n o w with bitter n ess ; he was at last con


v in c e d that his enemy still lived .


The word has gone forth that your arrow alone

was to reach his heart said the man , .


I have no t said so Wau ko ma replied quick
,
-

-


ly He is to die but I care not how A re men
, .

watching the trails ?


I lef t two in front o f the ruin an d two fur t her

down the t rail and a note o f sulle n n ess crept i n to
,

t he ma n s voice He had looked for an d expected



.

praise f o r hi s actions but had me t o nl y criticism


,

and sharp words .


Good ! S ee tha t more are se n t to share their
g uard . The d o g shall no t escape t his time I .


would have him trapped like a bear in a pit And .

Wau ko ma s voice was n o t pleasant to hear


-

-

.


Wha t o f t his bear witch said a n other
? -
Imy .

self have seen his tracks ; they lead t o a wall of


rock and go no further Are the Nag apah an d .
- -

the bear witch the same


- ?

A shiver seemed to pass among t he men .


A wi t ch he may be spoke Wau ko ma , He -

.

ghts as on e But man o r beas t o r spirit my arrow


.
,


shall nd i t s w a t o his black heart
y .
13 8 LO ST I ND IAN MAGIC

There are t h ose who say y o u fear t he N ag a


-


pah spoke a voice from the circle
, .

Wau ko m asnarled his answer


-

.


My knife shall force his words down his lying

throat who speaks so ! Who was the man ?


I bu t heard I bu t heard said the other has

,

You had bet t er save your ears f o r be tt er t hings ,


my friend o r lose them al t oge t her said Wau ko
, ,
-

ma .


Shall we hun t th e Nag apah wi th t om orrow s - -


sun ? I t was C hot z u who spoke
-
.


N o t tomorrow for my bow a , rm has not ye t -

receive d its full strength but the day after and

no power shall t hen save him from my vengeance .

There was a weakness in the words o f the c hief that


seemed t o be felt by all ; even C hot z u looked down
-

a t the bea t en oor o f the lodge and moved uneasily .

The s trong tam tam tam o f a drum came t o


- -

their ears There was no mis t aking t he sou n d it


.

was the drum o f the medicine lodge .

Wau k o ma lifted his head an d sprang t o his


-
-

fee t amazemen t incredulity and anger in his face


, , .

Never since he had been chief had tha t drum been


, ,

sou nded excep t when he was present I t was beaten .

o nly o n im p or t an t occasions occa sions wh e n he a s, ,


14 0 L O S T I ND IAN MAGIC

here a t the head of his t ribe ; here where t hey hel d ,

ceremony without him .

Tag a m o sat Opposite t he en t rance and he n o w


-
-
,

raised his head and looked straight int o Wau k o -


ma s eyes H e was t he rst to spe ak



. .


Enter Wau ko ma ! Your place awai t s you
,
-
-


in the circle .

Wau ko ma s t ood sti fy erec t and folded his


-

arms ; he restrained himself with difficulty ; his in


c l in atio n was to t ake t hese o l d men by the hair o f
their heads and throw them into t he ni ght bu t ,

no t so read the unwritten law : to dishonor age


is a cr ime even a chief o f the To t o mes would -

-

think long befor e comm itting .


My place has awai t ed me thus far it c an wai t


l onger What is the meani n g o f this
.
? and he

waved his arm indica t ing the circle o f men I have .


called no council t o thi s lodge A n d his voice .

was harsh wi t h pent u p rage -


.

Tag a mo s face was calm but there was acold


-
-

l igh t in his eye He spoke delibera t ely and quie t


.

ly z
And ye t the council has been called
, .

The veins in Wau ko ma s neck seemed swollen -


-

to t he burs t ing point ; his head grew ho t


-
.


To your hogans all o f you ! he said in athick


voice I am chief o f t he To to mes and by the
.
-

-
, ,
A S E C RE T CO UNCIL 14 1

gods no council shall be held here t hat comes no t


,


at my word .

S ome o f the old men half rose an d looked a t T ag


a mo with u n certai n ty in their eyes
-
He raised .

a ha n d an d they slowly sa n k back into their places .

He spoke almost gently



Has it go n e from your mind Wau k o ma ,
-

-
,


tha t you did call a cou n cil for this night ?

Wau ko ma frown ed an d cast an u n easy gla n ce


-

-

over his shoulder at the men who stood behi n d

Is there a law which says that I chief o f the T o ,


to mes ca n not call a council when I so desire

-
,
?

There was a deep s n eer in the words ; bu t t he ex


pression o n Tag a mo s face did n o t change though
-

-

his voice grew stern an d boomed like distant thun


der .


A council o f the To to mes mus t include t he -

-

chief m e n of the To to mes the men who sat in -



-

cou n cil before you Wau ko ma were born No ,


-

-
, .


coun cil is complete withou t them .


And yet I Wau ko ma did hold council a
,
-

-
,
-

c ou n cil o f the To to mes acomplete cou n cil ; an d


-

-
,


the wise men adeeper sneer lay on the words


were no t called .

Like a t hunderbolt fro m t he blue came t he quick


reply
142 L O S T IND IAN MAGIC

When was t he law made tha t includes in a


council o f t he To t o mes the thieving hou n ds o f -

-

the deser t Those vultures who live o n dead men s


?

bones and who until now h ave never soiled a T o , ,


t o me t rail !
-

The blood ed from Wau k o ma s face an d his -



-

ngers clenched deep i n to his han ds He stared .

a t T ag a mo but no words came to his lips The


-

-
, .

m e n o f the council looked away from his face f o r ,

it was no t pleasa n t t o see and the men at the door ,

way who had followed him here drew back o n e


, , ,

by o n e into the darkness


, .

Tag a mo spoke again


-
-


The night is dark but it has e ars and eyes f o r ,

Tag a mo And the dawn is near when al l m ay


-

-
.
,

see.

He looked Wau ko ma s t raight in the eyes an d -



-
,

Wau ko ma s gaze wavered before his an d fell


-

-


.


Go now This matter will b e clear to you at
.


an other t ime and before many suns have passed .

Wau k o ma t urned in the doorway ; he was


-

-

alone with the old men the others had gone He


.

hesitated for a mome n t the n lifted the hide cur t ain ,

and walked o u t in t o t he paling nigh t .


14 4 L O S T IND IAN MAGI C

D oes t he eldes t s o n o f t he E ar t h mother kill a



child t o whom he has given a name ?

The e ff ec t o f the question was almost ins t an t ane


ou s. Reminded t hat he had renamed Kay yah as -
,

a member o f the E arth clan the o ld man s t opped


,

and stood uncer t ainly o n t he edge o f t he cli ff .

For a moment tha t seemed an age t o Kay yah


,
-
,

t he grim old gure held his burden poised above


t he precipice ; his par t ially unbalanced mind slowly
t aking in all t ha t t he question had implied ; and
t hen realizing as Kay yah had hoped he would
,
-
,

t ha t no I ndian leas t o f all a medicine man could


,
-
,

kill o n e to whom he had given a clan name withou t


receiving the ins t an t curse o f the Grea t S p irit he ,

slowly t urned t oward the cave and to Kay yah s ,


surprise he laughed a deep throated laugh t ha t -

ended in a growl like that of a cornered a ni mal .

At the en t rance he se t Kay yah down o n his fee t


'-
,

s aying as he did so

Go back in t o the lion s den Rain boy The

-
.

s t ar brothers guard the sky and no clouds are above


-
,


f o r you t o f a ll from .

Kay yah walked uns t eadily t o t he bed o f skins


-

a t t he b ack o f t he cave and lay down Tso did not .

e n t er an d a f e w moments later the sound o f his


,

que er t wis t ed s t eps t old t ha t he w as walking away


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145

int o t he n igh t Then came the sound


. of t he deep
voice as he sang

c h in d o g h o wl s h h o wl s in th e win d ;
T he -
e

T h e b u s h t ail k e p t o h is h l

e s o e ,

A n d b ac k in h is c a s it s th be a in f ar ve e r e ,

A n d b ack in h is d e n s it s th w o lf af aid ; e r

T is th e Shin d i c m e s o n t h
-
o a in
gow i n d ; e r r

O n th e ro a in g win d in th e be n d in g t e e s
r r ,

A n d th m o u n t ain qu ak s a t h p in e t e sh ak e s
e e s e -
re .

T h e S h in d i c o m s an d th e c hin d o g h o wl s ;
-
e ,
-


T h e c hi n d o g ru n s with t h e win d
-
.

As t he voice died away in the distance Kay yah ,


-

t hough t of the strange t urn of a ff airs that had so


nearly cost him his life It was n o w plain that the .

o l d To to me not only had the little bag but t hat he



- -
,

prized i t above life itself and intended t o keep i t .

Bu t why should he want it since he lived apar t ,

from t he To to me tribe and the Magic had no


-

-
,

vir tue when separated from the t ribal alt ar and


the sacred meal t ha t must be upon it ?

He must learn where Tso had hidden it whether ,

about his person o r in the cave and then recover it ; ,

bu t no t unt il he was able to escape with it as it ,

would not do t o have the o ld man miss the bag


and a tt ack him again while i n his weakened co n di
t ion He needed stre n gth h is lack o f it was an e w
.
14 6 L O S T I ND IAN MAGI C

experience to him and impa t ie n t with t he feeli ng


,

o f weakness t ha t was upon him he slowly arose and ,

walked feebly about the cave .

As he neared the e n t ra n ce he stopped The cool .

nigh t air blew in upon him and from o ut in th e


,

silent desert that lay far below came the fain t


ky y i yi e e e of a lone chin dog ! coyo t e ! calling t o
- - - -

his ma t e His surroundings seemed very strange


.
,

and Ah c o with its intima t e shel t er and many


-
,

friends seemed far away ye t he rather liked t he


, ,

feeling o f loneliness tha t was upon him .

He had walked abou t the cave bu t a very short


t ime when he grew t oo weary for fur t her e ff or t and ,

knowing t h at sleep would be his greatest aid in


t he recovery o f his streng t h he lay down and w as
,

soon los t in slumber .

S everal uneventful days passed and t hey wer e ,

long wearisome days t o Kay yah as his weakness


-
,


preven t ed him from wandering beyond the cave s
ent rance Neither h e nor Tso had ment ioned the
.

li t tle bag since the nigh t when both had so nearly


gone over the grea t cli ff ou t side F o r a day and a .

n ight the o l d man had been absent bu t at sunrise o f ,

the second day he entered the cave j us t as Kay yah


-

awoke from his ni gh t s res t



.


The coming day brin g good t o y ou ! h e sai d
by wa o f sal u tat ion
y
148 L O S T IND IAN MAGIC

t hen search him and the cave with every hope of


nding t he bag A ush of shame swept over him
.

o n second t hough t for he knew that he could not


,

mistrea t an o l d man and especially one who had


,

s aved his life and w as now giving him food and


shel t er He mus t bide his time u n t il he could re
.

cover th e bag wi t hout violence o r shame .

As he walked o u t o f t he cave and s t ood on the


ledge o f rock dri n king in the cool morning air
, ,

n e w life seemed to rise within him as he realized

tha t his accustomed feeling o f streng th had abou t


returned and t hat he would soo n be able t o go o n
,

wi t h t he t ask t ha t lay before h im Far below and .


,

stre t ching away beneath the blue h aze o f e arly


morning lay t he desert He walked nearer the
, .

edge and looked down to see if the T o to me mesa -


-

were visible from where he stood bu t i t could n o t ,

be seen as a proj ec t ing shoulder o f t he mount ain


,

obscured the view t oward the west .

D eciding t o learn more o f his strange surround


ings t han his streng t h up to this tim e h ad permit
, ,

t ed he walked along the shelf o f rock t o the righ t


, ,

and after a short dis t ance came to t he end o f t he


l edge The do w nward continuation o f the cli ff
.

above cu t squarely across the shelf making fur t her ,

p assage impossible L ooking upward he saw t ha t


.
,

at n o poin t could an ascent be made t o higher


MARK O F THE B EAR W I T CH -
14 9

ground as the overhanging cli ff rose some t hir t y


,

fee t to the next possible level and he smiled as he


,

thought o f o l d T so s belief that he had fallen from


above From directly above his head came th e


.

shrill song o f a catbird si n gin g with delight in the


morning su n shi n e The little si n ger was perched
.

o n t he limb o f a gnarled pi n yon tree that leaned -

o u t over the Cli ff s edge



.

At this sight o f t imber the rs t he had seen


,

since le aving the foothills below Kay yah decided ,



-

t hat the rock cli ff above him must be the last o f


the great bare surface o f perpe n dicular walls that
could be seen from far o u t in the desert below and ,

that the long at top o f the mountai n could no t


be very far above him B efore him as if crouching
.
,

in fear benea t h the overhangin g rock stood the ,

t hree ancient dwell ings of the Na y akaed th e - -



,

buildings he had seen in the fain t morni n g light


when he had climbed o ut o f the passage in t he
rocks There were no sign s o f other cli ff dwellings
.

at this end of the ledge but the thought suddenly


,

came t o him that the cave of old Tso had probably


been the remains o f such a dwelling and that the ,

o l d man had simply cleared it o u t for his own use .

The outle t o f t he passage up which he h ad climbed


, ,

mus t be near at hand an d he looked for it am ong


,

t he great at rocks near the edge o f the cli ff .


150 LO S T I ND I AN MAG I C

Remembering that the tilted strata o f rock ran


parallel with the slight i n cline up which he had
crawled he looked for this tilt and was soon st and
, ,

ing in the narrow little entrance The n he realized .

why Tso had never discovered the passage and ,

why no o n e attemp t ing to nd a way down from the


ledge at this point would believe that a way to
,

lower ground exis t ed for even from the opening in


,

which he stood no trace o f the little foo t holds


,

could be seen in t he great crack t hat shot down


ward into t he darkness Here then was o n e pos
.
, ,

sible way of escape if the T o t o me trails about


,
-

-

t he ruin below could be passed and no o n e bu t him


,

self knew o f its existence .

S teppi n g o u t o f the passage he walked though t


,

fully back to t he cave and t hough he could not see


,

the other end o f the long ledge because o f a curve


t ha t rounded a proj ec t ion in the cli ff a little way
beyond t he cave s entrance he believed that the

secre t passage he had discovered made it practically


certain tha t the ledge was everywhere cut o ff from
t hos e above and below as the little cli ff people had
,

doub t less used it as a secret retreat when hard


pressed by an enemy Ye t there was a n other exit
.

somewhere along t he o ther e n d o f t he shelf as Tso ,

had approached the cave from that side and h ad ,

always depar t ed in the same direc t ion His also .


15 2 LO S T I ND I AN MAGIC

usual frank way o f acting toward his hos t decided ,

him to keep his eyes closed and prete n d t o be asleep .

He even began to breathe more deeply and regu


larly that the deception might be the more com
,

p l e te
. And n o w through narrowly opened eyelids

he watched the o l d T o t o me as t he la t ter rose t o a


-

-

sit t ing pos t ure and after stretching his grea t arms
,

in an e ff or t to overcome t he relaxation o f sleep ,

got to his fee t Then aft er t aking a deep draugh t


.

from t he wa t er j ar , he walked t o the ba ck o f t he


-

cave and looked down a t his sleeping companion .

F o r a long time he thus s t ood and Kay yah b e ,


-

came so uncomfortable under t he gaze tha t he had


abou t decided t o open his eyes and ac t as t hough
he had j ust awakened when Tso began t o talk to
himself in a low voice no louder than a whisper .


The eagle doesn t lay dove s eggs and there is

never a rabbit in the li tt er o f the wolf A young .

f o x has a keen nose t ha t can sni ff up and down


t he wind ; yes u p and down the wind and he may

hun t as he sni ff s Has D ee nay sen t the young


.
-

f o x to t ake tha t which belongs to the lion ? The


lit t le bag belongs to Tso and Tso will keep i t
, .

Then he t urned an d s t epping noiselessly over t o


,

the grea t bu ff alo skull caught hold o f t he nose and


,

c au t iously swung the head to o n e side A t t he low .

Soun d made a s t he dry bone gra t ed a gainst t he roc k


MARK O F THE B EAR WIT C H -
15 3

wall t he cave he suddenly turned his head and


of ,

looked down at Kay yah ; bu t the closed eyes and



-

deep breathing reassured him and he turned again ,

to his task Quickly lifting out a small rk from


.

a spo t that had been covered by the skull he reached ,

into the hole thus uncovered and brought ou t a ,

small obj ect that was hidden from Kay yah s view -

by the grea t ha n d that closed upon it Moving .

around with his back t o the watchful sleeper on


the oor the old man bent over the little obj ec t
, ,

mumbling j oyously as he did so



Y o u belong to Tso and your Magic is for Tso, .

Wha t does the young fox know of the magic sleep ;


o f t he power it gives to go ; to see many things ;

many things O ld Two horns keeps very still and


? -
,

he will guard you safely from the young fox ; yes ,

as safely as the hawk is safe from the sparrow .

A t the o ld To t o me s mention o f the Magic


-

-

Kay yah s heart beat so fast that he could scarcely



-

re t ain his regular breathing He felt as if he .

could no t con t ain himself f o r j oy a t having so easily


found where Tso had hidden the bag He had men .

tio n e d the Magic so t he lit t le bag did con t ain i t


,

aft er all .

Carefully res t oring the cove t ed little pouch to its


s t range hiding place Tso replaced the stone and
-
, ,

aft er cautiously sliding the skull back to it s accus


15 4 L O S T IND IAN MAG I C

to m edposition he picked up his s t ou t spear and


, ,

throwing his bow and arrow case over his shoulder ,

hobbled o u t o f the cave After giving him t ime .

enough to get around the curve o n the ledge o u t


side Kay yah arose to his feet and quietly fo l
,

-

lowed him determined to learn how he go t down


,

from t he shelf As he neared t he shoulder o f rock


.

around which the ledge curved he paused for a ,

moment to listen H e could hear nothing ; and fear


.

ing that Tso migh t h ave stopped on the other side


of t he curve and b e lis t e n ing to see if he were being
,

followed he waited in silence for a moment Then


, .

he heard a l o w sound that seemed to come from far


around the poin t and a little way beneath the shelf .

S t eppin g quickly around t he curve he looked along ,

the length o f the ledge tha t now ran smoothly b e


fore h im o n the same level for some distance and ,

then seemed t o end abrup t ly The o l d To t o me .


-
-

was no t in sigh t .

As he advanced along the shelf he no t iced t ha t ,

t here were n o o t her cli ff dwellings an d there seemed ,

t o be no t rail o r passage of an y kind by which a


higher o r lower level could be reached A li t tle .

farther o n he came t o aworn path t hat led t o the


outer edge o f the shelf where it ended a t some ,

grea t at topped rocks Stepping ou t o n t hese he


-
.

,
,

l ooked down ward and w as surprise d t o see som e


, ,
15 6 LO S T IN D IAN MAG I C

coun t less footprin t s made by t he o ld To to me -


-

during his many t rips to and from the cave The .

t racks led o n then suddenly ceased as he came up on


,

a sec t ion of hard rock where t here was no t su ffi cien t


earth on which t o leave a trail At one poin t where
.
,

the shelf narrowed down to a seemingly dangerous


width a pine log had been laid along the ou t er edge
,

f o r protection and kept its position by having o n e


,

end securely anchored beneath a great at t opped -

rock He wondered how the o ld man could have


.

brough t s o large a timber from the foo t hills up to


so great a height f o r the wood was not o ld enough
,

t o have been placed there by the lit t le cli ff p eople .

S t ill searching for some kind o f a crevice or open


ing t hrough which a p assage might have been made ,

Kay yah we n t o n until he came to t he point where



-

t he shelf suddenly narrowed t o its nal ending in



a mere pro j e ctio n scarcely wider than a man s foo t .

Puzzled by his failure he examined the rocks b e


,

nea t h and t he smoo th walls that t owered upward a t


his back ; no possible opening o f any kind was vis
ible Far down below he could see here and t here
.
, ,

the white lines o f t rails that wound in and ou t


among the dark gr een trees and bushes o f the fo o t
hills Then stepping nearer the edge he s aw t he
.
,

ou t er m argl n o f a t rail tha t ran p arallel wi t h t he


shelf some ft y fee t benea t h This mus t be a pa rt
.
MARK O F THE B EAR WITC H -
15 7

of the trail used by Tso after he got down from


t he shelf B ut how did he get down
.
?

B a fed for the time being by the fac t that he was


unable to nd the hidden passage he retraced his ,

s t eps t oward the cave He could of course sit


.
, ,

down and watch the ledge until the o ld man came


up from below ; but he might no t return f o r a day
o r more ,and another p lan now en t ered his mind ,

and he would doubtless have time to carry it o ut


b efore Tso re t urned . Later if he completed the
,

task before the o ld man appeared he would station ,

himself a t a point where he could not be seen but ,

from which he would be able to see the length of


th e shelf from the curve to its end .

Passing by the cave s entra n ce he wen t o n t o t he


o t her end o f the ledge and after nding the e n


,

t rance to the secret passage was s o on feeling his way


downward through the dark crack in t he cli ff that
l ed t o the an cient dwelling far below It was dif .

cu lt in t he darkness to feel for the li t tle ni ches wi t h


his fee t so the passage downward would require
,

more time than would be necessary in t he ascent ,

but it required les s strength .

He decided that his n al escape with the lit t le


bag must be through this passage if he found to !

day as he hoped he would that t he many To to me


, ,
-
-

t rails tha t lay abou t t he cli ff ruin below him coul d


158 LO S T I ND I AN MAGIC

be crossed with safe ty Such knowledge could be


.

gained only by dayligh t ; and n o w that he k n ew ,

a t last where t he b ag w a
, s he mus t be prepared
,

to escape with it as soon as he had gained a li tt le


more strength for the j ourney and had learned t he
bes t way to return t o t he N ag apah camp -
.

As he descended s t ep after step in the darkness ,

he realized why t he upward cl imb o n the n ight of


his escap e from the To t o mes had made so great
-
-

a trial o n his s t rength A t las t he reached the wider


.

opening tha t w as immediately above t he cli ff dwell


ing and could see t he poin t s o f light t ha t ltered
,

up t hrough t he ceiling poles As he felt about for


-
.

t he movable section tha t covered the hole through


which he had lift ed h imself o n the nigh t of his
climb up the p assage his hand came in contac t with
,

a little deerskin bag Even in t he darkness its


.

shape and the t wo little s ilver beads were enough


,

t o identify i t .

Puzzled beyo nd measure by t he unexpected nd ,

he slid the sec t ion o f poles t o one side and was


soon standing in t he light o f the room below Yes . ,

there was no mis t aking the familiar lit t le pouch ,

an d n o w he would know wha t i t con t ained Break .

ing the thong t hat l oosely held t he mou t h o f the


bag he shook i t s con t ent s o ut int o his hand The
, .

carved ring o f silver tha t migh t have d e ligh t ed him


160 L O S T IND I AN MAG I C

a sound he l ooked o u t o n t he wide ledge t h at ran


,

in front o f the entrance All was quie t and as .


,

there was no o n e in sight he dropped down o n his ,

hands and knees and crawled o u t t o the edge o f


t he shelf .

L ooking below he saw tha t the coun t ry beneath


,

him was of barren hills wi t h few trees o r bushes


large enough to a o rd any shelter if he were forced
to elude a pursuer in the darkness o f nigh t Trails .

seemed t o run along every level O ff to t he wes t .

rose t he To to me mesa and the lit t le s t ream t ha t


-

-
,

led o u t to i t sp arkled in the sunlight T o go wes t .

ward t oward the Nag apah camp over the foo t


,

- -

hills was plainly impossible as t he grea t shoulder ,

o f t he moun t ain tha t had hidden his V iew wes t ward

when he had stood in front of old T so s cave j u t

ted o u t into t he foothills and n ally broke down


ward in a t vertical walls o f rock that could not
be p assed except by dropping down to a poin t t ha t
would bring him to o near the T o t o me camp -

-
.

It was plain that if he was to ge t t o the Nag a


-

p ah coun t ry from where he n o w stood he would ,

have to go s t raight o u t into t he deser t and make


a three days j ourney over a long circuitous rou t e

,

before he could get to t he farther side o f t he T o


t o me mesa and o n across the plains t o his own
-

camp If he was pursued aft er he go t int o t he


.
MARK O F THE B EAR -
V VI
T CH 16 1

deser t he might have to outrun his enemies and


,

thus make a still greater circle before he could ge t


to Ah c o He would need a three days supply

-
.
-

o f food f o r emergency and water enough for a day ,

a t least as it would require more than that time


,

to get around to Ma t awee the lake t hat lay ne ar - -


,

the head o f the Nag apah canyon Perhaps his


- -
.

bes t pla n would be to take such food as he could


from t ime to time and cache it in the secre t pas
sage ; thus he would not deprive the ol d To t o me -

-
,

nor arouse his suspicions .

As he leaned over scanning t he hills below a , ,

par t y o f To to mes suddenly rou n ded a point o n


-

-

a trail some dis t ance below He j umped b ack in .

sta n tl bu t no t before the quick eye of one o f t he


y ,

men had seen him A momen t la t er he was in .

t he cli ff dwelling and again seated in t he upper


,

passage with the section o f poles secure benea t h


him Here he waited a long time in silence but
.
,

he heard no sound o f anyone approachin g t he e n


t rance o f t he ruin D oubtless the distance from
.

the T o to mes up t o the point where he had


-
-

crouched o n t he rocks was so great that t he man


who had seen him had failed t o note t he par t icular
l edge .

After wai t ing a little longer in silence he arose ,

and made his way up the p assage t o t he now f a


16 2 L O S T IND IAN MAGIC

miliar shelf above As he came to the las t in cline


.

t ha t led o ut o f the entrance a t the edge of the cli ff ,

he cau t iously raised his head to see if the o l d T o


to me w as in sigh t ; but seeing that t he t rail was

-

clear he was abou t to step out o f the p assage when


,

his eye caugh t a moving obj ect in a clearing o n



top o f the highest foothill far below A To to me .
-

-


guarding o n e o f the lower t rails thought Kay ,

yah as he quickly moved over to avoid being seen


, .

Then he s tepped o u t o n the shelf and was soon


in t he cave .

Tso had not re t urned duri n g his absence as the ,

spear and b o w case were still missing Going to


-
.

the curve in the ledge outside Kay yah looked ,



-

quickly along the shelf to make sure tha t t he o ld


,

man was n o t in sight then running back int o t he


,

cave he swung the bu ff alo skull to o n e side and


removed the stone from the hole cont aining the
obj ec t o f his long search With hear t beating high
.

with exci t emen t he ran his hand into the opening


,

an d drew o u t a little bag o f deerskin I t seemed .

too soft and round to contain anything like t he


lit t le magic bear o f turquoise O pening the mouth
.

tha t was held t ogether by a draw string o f sinew -


,

he has t ily examined the content s The pouch .

seemed to be lled with a ki n d o f ground s t one o r


ear th Pourin g a little of i t in t o his hand he found
.
,
164 L O S T I ND I AN MAGIC

used by medicine men t o make sleep He decided


-
.

t ha t he would fran kly ask t he o ld man if he knew


any t hing about the little blue bear the grea t Magic ,

o f the Nag apahs If T s o s anger had as it now



- -
.
,

seemed been aroused by t he fear o f losing the lit


,

t le bag o f powder i t was prob able t h at he knew


,

no t hing abou t t he los t Magi c .

S t ill puzzled by the unlooked for discoveries t hat -

he seemed to be maki n g at every t urn he walked ,

o ut around the proj ec t io n in the ledge and ,

crouched down where he could see the remai n i n g


lengt h o f the p ath that l ay alo n g the shelf All .

was as silen t as death The whole moun t ain .

seemed t o be wrapped in slumber Small swarms .

o f t iny gnats danced up a n d down in the bright

sunshine and a lo n e buzzard glided in gre at wide


,

circles in the blue dome overhead A wave of home .

sickness swept over Kay yah and he wished that


he could walk into t he familiar medicine lodge o f


Ah c o and t ell D ee nay o f his many strange e x

- -

rie n c e s and f t he many puzzling things t ha t


p e ,o

t he wise o ld man could doubtless explain .

Then suddenly t he s ilence was broken by the


angry voice o f a To t o me who seemed to be j us t -
-
,

below t he ledge and the unm istakable voice o f


,

Tso replying t o it He le ap t to his fee t and ran


.

al ong t he ledge t oward t he poin t where t he men


MARK O F THE B EAR WITC H -
16 5

seemed t o be Arriving above t hem he s t opped


.
,

and leaned over the edge o f the cli ff as far as he


dared without losing his balance About fty feet .

below him stood Tso facing a T o to me who s t ood -



-

with drawn h o w the arrow point ing a t the o l d


,

man s breast

.


Show me the t rail ! Show me the t rail o r ,


I will send you to the death ! commanded the
warrior the deadly calm in whose voice lef t no
,

doubt that he mea n t what he said .

The old man was slowly backi n g up the t rail ;


but he had been caught u n awares as no arrow was ,

tted to the b o w that he held in his hand and the ,

man was too far away from him t o permi t him


to make an y use o f his spear .

Jumping back Kay yah found a stone about the


,
-

size o f his head and s t epping again to the edge


,

o f the shelf he took careful aim and drove the

rock down ward As it crashed into the T o to me s


.
-
-

arms i t splint ered the b o w and arrow o n the rocks


beneath and bou n ded o u t t o the level below An
, .

i n s t ant la t er the spear of the old man had done its


work Then as Kay yah watched from above
.
,
-
,

he was surprised to see the old To to me raise the -



-

foo t that was t t ed with the bear s p aw and with

a scratching blow like that o f a real bear drive ,

a deep mark across the breas t o f t he lifeless war


166 L O S T I ND I AN MAGIC

rior who lay o n the rocks below him Then pick .

ing up the body he carried it down to the edge


o f t he n ext cli ff be n eath him and tossed i t as ,

t hough it were a s t ick o f wood o u t int o t he depths


,

below .

Realizing tha t in his present exci t ed condi t ion


Ts o might be very angry if he now stood and wait
ed for him to come up and thus be forced to dis
,

close his secret o f the hidden passage Kay yah ,


-

wen t back to the curve in the ledge and with body


hidden behind the proj ection in the cli ff lay a t ,

t o the ground with o n e eye still o n t he t rail t ha t


,

led along the shelf .

He wai t ed for a long time and had abou t de ,

cided t hat the o ld T o to me mus t have gone back


-

-

down his tra il a little way t o make sure tha t no


,

o t her spies were following him when sudde nly he ,

felt as though he mus t be losing his reason as he


gazed wide eyed a t the s t range spec t acle before
-

S lowly and silently t he end of the great pine log


t ha t lay along the edge o f t he t rail some dis t ance
from him rose i n t o the air and then moved alit t le
, ,

t o o n e side Then from where he lay it looked


.
, ,

as t hough the whole end o f the ledge were rising


as the log began to lower again and t he grea t at
t opped rock under which the t ree w as anchored
CHAP TE R I!

TH E M A GI C SL E E P

Th e arro w s o
f Ts o are s traigh t an d l o n g;
Wo e to th e f o e at w h om th e y are sp e d .

F o r th e m e di c i ne k n o wn to T s o is s tro n
g,
And th e arro ws are d ip p e d in Witc h dy e d
-
re d!

ELIE V IN G t ha t th e occurrence which had


j ust t aken place beneat h t he cli ff might so
exci t e th e o ld m an as temporarily to throw him
from his mental balan ce and into a conditio n in ,

which he would not be accountable for his actions ,

Kay yah wisely decided to pretend for th e m o



-
,

men t t ha t he had n o t taken an y p art in nor even


, ,

wi t nessed the encou nter with the To to me spy


,
-

-
.

S o as his aged host e n tered the cave he found him


b usily engaged in me n ding a tho n g o n o n e o f his
moccasins He did n o t look up u n til Tso had set
.

his spear against t he wall an d had hu n g his bow


and arrow cas e on its accustomed peg ; then as ,

Kay yah saw t hat he still had something t hat


-

looked like small game o f some kind suspended by


at hong from his shoulder he quietly asked ,

168
THE MAG I C S L E E P 169


Has good hunting come to your b ow t oday ?

S o good a shot as Tso carries good hu n ti n g



with him always came the reply as the o l d man
,

t hrew a large duck and some rabbi t s to the oor .

The squawki n g at bill ew high and fas t but


-

not so swift as t he arrow t ha t went up to mee t



him .


I to o can shoo t ventured Kay y ah
, and

-
,

would try my arm w ith the very good b o w you


have .


My bows are for a s t rong arm and an eye tha t

has j udgment replied the old man but you may
, ,

t ry
.

It was n o w evident tha t Tso was n o t excited ;


in fac t he seemed both calm and even happy Step
, .

p ing over to where it hung upon the wall Kay ,


yah drew t he bow from its case and after selecting


t wo arrows s t epped o ut o n t he ledge followed by
,

his aged hos t .

He spent a moment admiring the arrows as they ,

were no t only be autifully made bu t half o f each


shaft was stained a brilliant red He smiled as
.


the thought came to him The red arrows o f the


bear wi t ch !
-
o f which he had often heard

He .

t ted o n e t o the string and drew i t back and for th ,

delighted to n d that his strength was sufficien t to


bend the s t rong elast ic wood far enough t o send
17 0 L O S T I ND IAN MAG I C

t he arrow the dis t ance o f a long bowsho t F ar .

down t he mountain side a crow sunn ed himself on


a j utting crag and far ab ove the crow a long
, ,

bowshot from where they stood a sp arrow hawk ,


-

w atched t he hills below from t he blackened limb


o f a dead bush .


The hook bill is too f ar for your arm said
-
,

t he o ld m an ; but paying no heed to the remark ,

K a yah drew t he b wi t h all his s t reng t h and



y
-
o w
le t the arrow y A t t he t wang o f the string the
.

pointed missile ew on an errand that proved fatal


for the hawk who half spread his wings as if for
,

igh t then tum bled limply in t o t he rocks below


, .

A t th e splendid sho t a grunt o f approv al e s


caped Tso bu t he said
,

The boy with his rst b o w may h ave good luck


with his rst sho t The crow s t ill sleeps o n t he rock
.


and y o u have another arr ow .

The las t word had scarcely been spoken be f ore


the second shaft sped o n its way t o awaken the
crow .


The kaw has had his l ast sleep said Kay yah ,

-

simply as the crow pierced where he sat n ow lay


, , ,

a black spot o n the crag .

For a few moments after t he las t shot which , ,

owing to the crow s position below them was far



,

more difficul t than the longer shot at the hawk the ,


17 2 LO S T I ND I AN MAGIC

brough t t he eagle o u t o f t he clouds b u t all b y


t he hand o f Tso .


I hope i t may do as well f o r me replied K ay ,
'


yah . But he added after a momen t s re e c
,

t ion I would n o t dr aw it agains t the eagle f o r


, ,


i t is the sacred bird o f t he Nag ap ahs - -
.


A t t he end o f a day j ust before t he Sun go d ,
-


wen t t o sleep beyo n d t he dese rt said the o l d m an , ,

the lion was hun t ing in t he deep canyon ne ar to


t he Nag apah camp and he s aw an eagle rise up
-
-
,

from t he canyon mou t h and circle wide and high


and higher far beyond the bowshot o f all men bu t
,

Tso Then I said t o the arrow upon my b o w


.

string Go up swift as the arrow o f ligh t t ha t


,

is sho t by the Thunder god before he roars f rom -

t he bl ack storm cloud an d bring down th e big


-
,

bird tha t I may h av e h is tail feathers f o r my pray


,

e r sticks his wing feathers for my arrows and his


-
, ,

s harp claws f o r stro n g medici n e S o I sen t th e


.

arrow and th e eagle screamed as he t umbled down


,

and down but he fell to earth b eyond a li t tle hill


,

and I ran to pick him up before darkness should


come to hide him from my eyes B eyond t he hill .

stood a little Nag apah girl and when I came


- -
,

t o her the eagle lay dead at her feet She was .

angry wi t h grea t anger like t he ca t t ha t is c augh t


,

in t he hanging t rap and she shook her arms an d


,
THE MAGI C S LEEP 17 3

hands a t me and in To to me language called me


-

-

by new names that I would n o t like to keep .

The o l d man stopped t o grin broadly and


chuckled beneath his breath .


She said the eagle belonged t o her fa t her he ,


continued And if I took it she would scratch
.

the eyes from my head so I could see to shoo t no



more eagles .

As Tso lapsed i n to silence Kay yah asked


-


Did the little girl keep the eagle ?


Yes replied Tso
, I laughed at her which ,

made her the more a n gry an d I said to her Y o u , ,


may keep the eagle f o r stro n g medicine to keep


the Shin di and o l d To t o mes away
-
Then she
-


.

s aid If it will keep a To to me away i t will keep


,

-

-

the Shin di away for they are alike


-
, Then after .


a mome n t s pause he conti n ued B ut Tso has shot

many many eagles for no n e can escape the arrow


, ,


t hat goes from my bow .

As he n ished t he accoun t he laughed his lo w


laugh tha t somehow added t o his extr avagant
b oast .

As t he t wo n o w returned to the cave the o ld m an ,

searched amo n g the bu n dle of skins tha t hung


against the wall an d brought forth a bow case o f
,
-

panther skin and remarked as he h anded i t to


-
,

K ay yah
-
17 4 L O S T IND IAN MAGI C

The b o w should have a good place to sleep



when i t is not hunt ing .

As t here were a number o f goo d arrows in t he


quiver o f t he case Kay yah felt the s t rong call
,
-

o f the hu n ter ris e j oyously within him as he slipped

his bow i n to its place and he felt elated wi t h the


,

though t tha t he was now armed once more withou t


having t o s t eal a weapon from his old benefactor ,

f o r whom a strong friendship w a s beginning to

grow up in his hear t Wi t hout looking at Tso


.

he remarked

S ome day the Rain b o y may nd a t ime when
-


he can give gifts t o Tso .


The Lion has all t hin gs ; he has need f o r no th
ing said t he o l d man but his voice and t he ex
, ,

pression o f his face be t rayed t he pleasure Kay


yah s remark had given him

The Lion s aved .

the Rain boy when he fell from the cli ff


-
The .

Rain boy drove the rock at t he To to me arrow


- -

-

that was aimed at the hear t o f the Lion The .

E ar t h mo ther gives help to you through me t ha t



she might give he lp to me t hrough you Thus .


reminded o f the To to me spy he co n tinued : The
-
-

dogs have followed Tso many times and always ,

t hey are sen t to the lo n g sleep with the mark of


t he be a r wi t ch o n their skin The mark is strong
-
.

medicine and when t he o ther T o to m e d ogs nd


,
-

-
17 6 LO S T IND I AN MAGI C

I found you wi t hou t weapons when y o u fell over


t he cli ff bu t I n o w can see tha t y o u had no need
,

o f t hem if you hunt for a h e a r o f stone Then .


D ee nay has n o t sen t you for the magic sleep
-

?

I know nothing o f the magic sleep replied ,

Kay yah ; bu t I mus t nd the great Magic t he


-
,

b l ue bear and re t urn i t t o my people


, .


There is a way t o nd wha t ever is los t and Tso ,


may t ell you o f the way some t ime he mumbled , , .

Then as t hough he had been speaking o f D ee


,

nay he continued :

,

Yes t he o ld eagle of the N ag ap ahs is a grea t


,
'

- -

medicine man If a bear should swallow down his


-
.

t hroa t all the witches of t he moun t ain and spirits


o f t he deser t he would ye t have less wisdom in h is
,

s t omach t han is in the head of D ee nay When -


Ts o the Lion fell down down from the cli ff s down


, , ,

f rom gh t ing t he dogs o f T a pau wee D ee nay -



-
,
-

found me in t he hills when memory o f all things


had gone from my head and he gave me the s t rong ,

medicine o f sleep and food f o r streng th Then I


,
.

showed h im some o f the blue s and for the sky pain t


ing t he p ainting of much magic f o r the medicine
,

lodge an d D ee n ay was glad with much happi


,
-

ness t ha t he migh t have it for none bu t Tso knows ,

o f t he lit t le sky blue s and tha t is lef t in the moun


-


t ain When D ee nay left t he Lion with food and
.
-
TH E MAGI C S LE EP 17 7

weap ons summer came and camped in t he hills and


,

o n the desert Then t he E arth mother led the


.

wounded Lion t o nd the secret ledge an d brought ,

him t o t he cave t hat has bee n his d e n N o o n e bu t .

the Lion knew o f it until you fell from the moun


tain to p with no weapons to ght the Lion so ,

t he Lion knew y o u came from the E ar t h mo t her .


Many many suns after D ee nay had gone and
,
-

,

the s um mer had run away from the north winds


t ha t came roaring over the mountain the Lion s aid ,

wi t hin himself that he would go wes t ward t o t he


canyon o f t he Nag apahs that he might again
- -

see D ee nay O ne night when the white powder o f


-

.

win t er was over the face o f the E ar t h mo t her the ,

Lion t ook a bag o f t he sky blue sand and t urned -

his face t oward Ah c o In the early ni ght as the



-
.

L ion watched two Nag apah men walked home


,
- -

from hunting and their feet fell soft in t he whi t e


,

powder along the wall near the canyon s mouth


.

O ne man was D ee nay but t he Lion made no-


sound for he must see the Nag ap ah eagle alone


,

- -
.

Then as t he tw o walked o n beyond Tso three ,

T o t o me dogs j um ped from the darkness o f the



- -

rock shadows and the m an with D ee nay fell with


,
-

a T o to me arrow in his back Then the Lion


-
-
.

growled with t he loud growl o f the bear and his


arrow sen t o n e d og t hen ano t her to his las t sleep
,
.
17 8 LO S T IND IAN MAG I C

The o t her T o t o me ran wi t h grea t fear in his


-

-

hear t Bu t D ee nay s t ood still as a stone o n the


.
-

mountain f o r he knew the growl o f the bear and


,

was glad in his hear t that Tso w as there t o shoo t


with grea t skill Then he called to the Lion I will
.
,

give to you a bag o f great magic the magic sleep , ,

and when the bag is empty come with it t o t he


Nag apah shrine benea t h t he cli ff s and leave it
- -

beneath the stone o f t he altar When the ne xt .

moon is n e w in t he west y o u will come and nd


it lled bene ath the Thunder rock of Ah co -

-
.


Then Tso gave Dee nay the sky blue sand h e -
-

had brough t and D ee nay was made glad With


,
-

.


his hand o n the shoulder o f the Lion he said The , ,

gods give j ustice for j ustice Y o u have s aved D ee .

nay from the long sleep because you were given



,

life and strength from the hand o f D ee n ay The -



.

sky blue sand comes t o the Nag apahs and the


-
- -

bag o f magic sleep goes t o the home o f Tso S o .

be it ! Then he was gone and the Lion found the


t wo T o to me dogs lying in the whi t e powder of


-
-

t he wint er and he left the mark o f the bear witch -

upon them When the Lion came again a t night


.

t o the Nag ap ah shrine he found the bag o f magic



- -
,

sleep beneath the Thunder rock S o i t has been -


.

each t ime o f t he cold when summer has gone Tso , ,


18 0 L O S T IND IAN MAG I C

enough to drink and no t the grea t wa t ers as i t did


long ago The lit t le stream o f Ah co is not large
.
-

enough for o u r elds o f grain and t he green elds ,

a t t he desert s edge have t urned to t he brown and


the dus t o f t hirst Many prayers have gone up .

from the medicine lodge and big ceremonies have


been made t o the god o f the wa t ers bu t s t ill he ,

holds t he wa t er in his s t and bu t f e w drop s co m e



t hrough for the Nag apahs
- -
.

The o ld man looked up with keen interes t during


Kay yah s accoun t and when he had nished he

-

slowly nodded his head as he remarked



I kn ow I know and t he Lion can m ak e t he
, ,


gre at water again to o w t oward the Nag apahs -
-
.


D o you mean there is a way t o make t he wa t er
t o ow again down t hrough our canyon Al l t he
?

s trong medicine o f D ee nay has not been able to -


do that and are you wiser t han D ee nay


,
-

The o ld T o t o me laughed his deep quie t laugh


-

-
,
.


D ee nay knows all about grea t medicine and
-

,

T so knows some t hing t oo It is no t Magic t ha t .

will make t he wat ers t o o w .

Then after a long silence h e cont inued



When you have re t urned to D ee n ay and t here -

,

are none wi t h y o u t o hear t ell him t he Lion has ,

said t ha t be f ore many suns h av e rise n and se t much


THE MAGI C S LE EP 18 1

wa t er will begin t o ow down t he stream o f Ah

co
I will h e ar your mess age said Kay yah ; bu t ,
-

in his heart he felt there was little hop e o f the ful


l hn e n t o f the o l d man s promise

.


Y o u have said t hat there is a way by which

lost things are found said Kay yah ; and as I ,

-

mus t nd tha t which is los t I would have your ,

counsel f o r you have lived long and the E arth


,


mother h as taugh t you many things .

The o l d T o to me bowed his head on his hand


-

-

and remained silent for a lo n g t ime Then mak .


,

ing wide gestures wi t h his arms as if t o emphasize ,

his remarks he began : ,

B e tween the grea t land o f t he Sky people above


and t he face o f the E art h mo t her beneath is Wah ,

ma h a t he nding spirit o f the air There is no


-
, .

place where the air spirit does n o t go ; nothing


he does no t see ; nothing he does no t hear and he ,

knows where all t he lost things hide from the eyes


o f men . When the wind which is t he strong brea th ,

o f W ah ma h a blows over the face o f t he earth


- -
, ,

he t ells o f many things He t ells o f the cold b e .

fore the win t er comes ; o f warmth before the sum


mer is here and he t ells us o f the smell o f rain from
,

fa r away ; t he smell o f t he campre and of food

tha t is no t seen and gives to the nose of t he animal


,
182 L O S T I ND I AN MAG I C

brothers t he smell o f men while men are f ar o ff .

With great medicine I will bring Wah ma h a t o - -

y o u ,t ha t he may t ell y o u where your los t Magic



m ay be found .

Rising from the oor he t ook from t he wall t he


,

b ags o f po w dered earth p ain t and colored sa nds ,

and after cleari n g a large sp ace o n the oor wi t h


an eagle wing brush he knelt down and beg an t he
-
,

out line o f tw o ceremoni al pictures In less t ime .

t h an Kay yah would have believed i t possible t o


-

do i t he had made a small well drawn p aint ing


, ,
-

o f t he earth and sky symbols The sky god was .

o f the powdered blue sands whose hi ding place was -

known only to Tso and o n its smooth surface t he


,

snow white stars and constellatio n s o f pipe clay


-

shone brillia n tly The earth goddess was of brown


.

earth paint and from the cent er toward the four


,

cardinal points ran well made sprigs of t he gr e en -

corn the vine o f t he bean the leaves o f t obacco


, , ,

and t he wandering tendrils o f the melo n .

Rising from the oor t he o l d man moved t he ,

bu ff alo skull to o n e side this t ime wi t hou t making


,

any a ttemp t to hide his movements and bringing ,

forth the little bag dropped a pinch o f the cove t ed


,

powder in t o a sm all earthen bowl and after making ,

a little re o f sticks he poured some wa t er in t o


the bowl an d se t i t o n the ames .
18 4 L O S T I ND IAN MAG I C

weird song o r ch an t t o whi ch t he slowly shaken ,

ra tt le kep t perfec t time The chant was o f t he .

mountain ; o f t he deser t ; t he clouds and the stars ;


o f prais e for t he gods and a curse agains t the

wi t ches and ghosts o f t he famine and sickness ; o f


drou t h and raging s t orms .

Aft er t he song had run along mono t onously for


some t ime he s t opped and after t es t ing the potion ,

in t he bowl and nding i t cool enough t o swallow ,


he held i t t o Kay yah s lips wi t h th e command
-

t o drink When he had t ak en wha t seemed t o be


.

t he required amoun t t he bowl was again place d


up on the oor and the ceremony continued N ow .

t he o ld man began t o hobble around and around


t he p ain t ed oor continuing his weird song in a
,

higher key as he ben t his body lo w t o t he groun d


o r rose s t r aigh t with his great arms shak ing abov e
his head .

Suddenly he s t opped in fron t o f Kay yah and


-
,

shaking the rattle an d prayer s t ick j us t above his -

head he chan t ed his song :


,


Wah '
-
m ah a,

Wah '

m ah a,

G d o f th e
o n igh t - win d ,

G od of th e d ay win d -
,

C om t o m y c allin g blo w in upo n him ;


e ,

C m e with y u r k n win g qu ic kly t t ll h im


o o o , o e .

T ll f th e pl ac wh e e th lo s t t h in g is h idd
e o e r e e n.
HE S T O PPED IN F RO NT O F K AY
-
A N D S HA K I N G THE RATT L E A N D
Y AH ,

P RA Y E R S T
-
ICK HE C HA N TED H I S SO N G
C HAP TER !

N E ST

SA H
'-
NE IN TH E E AGL E S

The s un s in k s l o w in th e b urn in g w e s t;
0 , t h e trail is s te e
p f ro m th e ro ck to p l ain ;
B ut th e tim e h as c om e
f or th e n al te s t
T h e trail is s te e
p f ro m th e ro ck y c re s t,

B ut l e ads to w ar d hom e again .

HE t rail t o t he To to me camp seemed l ong -


to S ah n e and the t wo men D ee nay had


-
,
-

se n t as guard were silen t as shadows She was .

glad when t he high mesa o n which T a p au wee -


-

was situated came in t o view though t he trail lead ,

ing t o i t s summit looked steep and sh e was ve ry


weary .

She spoke to the tw o men .


Return now to D ee nay From here I go -

.


alone The trails may be guarded
. .

The men t urned without a word and retraced


t heir s t eps b ack in the direction from which t hey
had come .

The sun was l o w in the west an d t hre w t he rock


walls o f the To to me mes a into golden relief
-

-

aga inst the purple shadows of the moun t ain tha t


186
SAH -
NE IN E AG L E S N E S T
18 7

rose beyo d S ah n e looked and stood still Her


n .

-
, .

he art bea t fas t within her There lay the place .

w here she had been bor n : the home o f her o w n peo


ple an d she came to it as a spy t o steal its se

erets ! The thought was bitter an d yet why should ,

she have love for a people o f whom she had heard


much evil an d little good The Nag apahs had .

- -

been kindly whe n they had thought her o n e of


t hemselves ; an d perhaps again when she had prov ,

en where her heart lay they would have smiles for ,

her And a n e w thought brought the blood to her


.

cheeks was Kay yah captive in that mes a town




-

and wo ul d the gods give it in to her ha n ds to deliver


him B ut if he were dead if they had killed h im
?
,

as a spy the n she too would follow if need be



, ,

the s ame trail B ut rst there was work to do


. .

And she ag ain started fo rward with her eyes lifted


t o her j ourney s end
.

She did n o t see a man step o u t from the shadow


o f a large boulder o n the trail in front o f her a nd

wait silently for her approach She di d not see .

him u n til she had almost reached him an d then ,

she s t ood s t ill with a sharp i n take o f breath A n .

other m an stood close to the boulder an d she knew ,

them for T o to mes F ear ashed in t o her heart


-
'
-
.
,

but she closed her t hought to i t Here was no .

place o r t ime for fear .


18 8 LO S T I ND I AN MAGI C

The m an spoke before she had breathed t wice



Why is a Nag ap ah woman o n t he t ra il o f -
-

the T o t o mes He sp oke in p oor Nag apah bu t


-
-
- -

she answered him in his own t ongue Her he ar t .

beat fas t bu t her voice was steady wi t h t he words .


I am no N ag apah I am T o t o me T ake - -
.
-
-
.


me t o Tag a mo -

-
.


Wau ko ma is o ur chief answered H awal li
-
-
,
-
-
,

for i t was he .

B ut i t is Tag a mo I would see said S ah ne


-
-
,

.

Your words are s t range for a cap t ive A cap .

t iv e follows at t he word o f him who has cap t ured .

Why do y o u say you are To t o me ? Y o u have -


the look o f a Nag apah and h ave never been seen


- -


among my people H aw al li s words were n o t
- -
.

withou t kindness bu t t here was increduli t y in h is


voice .


I have proof said S ah n e bu t my proof is,
-
,


f o r D is din alone
-
.


Dis din !
-
And H awal li n o w s poke wit h -
-


amazemen t D is din ! W ha t know you o f D is
.
-


din ?

S ah n e looked a t him and t here was a speech



-

less pleading in her eyes .


I am very weary t he t rail is long from A h

co. Take me to D is din o r t o Tag a mo and I '


- -
-

will prove my words .


19 0 L O S T IND IAN MAGIC

gradually though t more and more of her own peo


ple until she could no longer stay away from them .

She had been received with kindness and many


questions by the girls w h o surrounded her their ,

eyes dwelling in wonder o n her strange ornamen t s


and unfamiliar garments . And she had been
brought t o this hogan with i t s soft skins and ma t s
and many curious articles and here among her
, ,

cousins she was t o have a home It was all as sh e


, .

had wished even better than she had really e x


,

e c te d and yet her heart ached within her She


p , .

had heard no word of Kay yah nor o f the Magic



-
,

and an o l d hag who sat outside o f the hogan and


,

stirred a p o t watched her wi t h deep sunken sus


,
-
,

p ic io u s eyes ; eyes tha t burned into her conscious

ness and followed her and haunted her C ould t he .

woman read her secret though t s ?

S ah n e lay wi t h sleepless eyes s t aring up at t he


-

smoke hole in t he hogan roof un t il t he s t ars grew


pale and the dark blue o f the sky gave place t o


purple and then t o pink and her weary eyes closed
in res t less slumber as the sun rose .

She awoke t o the sound o f lo w voices and rose ,

o n o n e elbow t o see who the speakers were It .

was broad dayligh t n o w and she could see clearly


every obj ec t in the hoga n bu t t here was no o n e
,

t here T he hide a t t he doorway blew s lowly back


.
SAH -
NE IN EAG L E S NE S T
19 1

and forth in a gentle wind and it was from there ,

t he voices came At rst she gave little heed to


.

the words but soon was startled i n t o close atten


,

tion and rose from a sitting post ure silently to her


fee t and crept toward the doorway A woman s .

voice spoke and the words were in a lo w whine .


A great chief will n o t take the words o f an o l d
woman but I have lived lo n g and seen much I t
, .

may n o t be as I have s aid but a maid amaid who ,


is fair o f f acc c an deceive the very gods and may


g


well deceive such as Tag a mo an d Dis din -

-

-
.


Hush ! said a man s voice The maid will
.


hear .


N o t she ! cont in ued the woman She sleeps

.

as o n e dead an d will no t wake until the sun is



many hands high .


Y o u say the girl is fair ? again spoke the man .

A high cackle evidently mean t f o r alaugh came


, ,

in reply .


The very words can draw even Wau ko m a -
-
.


But wait y o u shall see her for yourself

.

S ah n e drew back hastily from the doorway and



-

sank again o n her couch o f skins Wau ko ma .


-

-
,

chief of t he T o to mes was standing without and


-

-
, ,

t he o t her she had n o doubt was the old hag whose


, ,

eyes had haunted her There was a throbbing in .

her brain ; what could the words mean Was sh e


?
19 2 LO S T IND I AN MAGIC

susp ec t ed Wha t had t he o l d woman s aid b e f ore


?

her ears had been awake t o the voices And were


?

t hey n o w coming in S he sank as low as possible


?

in the couch an d drew t he skins about her b ut ,

t hey did no t enter There were a f e w more l o w


.

words which she did n o t ca t ch and t hen silence


had t hey gone ?

S he lay f o r wh at seemed a l ong t ime o n the


skins lis t ening A t rst t here was n o more sound
, .
,

bu t presently sh e heard a crackling o f bur ni ng


s t icks and a t hin old voice began t o croon A weird
, .

air i t was and spoke o f t he desert j us t before t he


dawn when t he black silen t nigh t f ades in t o agray
, ,

ghos t o f itself and ies mo aning away The word s , , .

came in a litt l e while words t ha t were far apar t

like t he mesquit e bushes in t he sand and c all ed to


o n e another across t he sp a ces :

O
ee d bl o ws c o ld ;

t h e win

O ee
th e n igh t is old

.

T h e sh ad o ws w ak e ,

A n d th e p in y o n s sh ak e
I n t h e gri p o f th e n igh t win d b o ld -
.

O -
ee
th e d aw n is ne ar ;
O e e m y h eart k n o ws fe ar ;
F o r th e c re ts o f n igh tse

A re s e e n in th e l igh t
W he n th e gh o s t o f d awn is h e re .
19 4 LO S T I ND IAN MAG I C

cold as she regarde d S ah n e f o r amomen t before -

she again spoke .


The dawn wind comes from t he land o f thos e
-

who know and has spoken to Chu nah she s aid


,
'
-
, .


Your words sound strange t o me s aid S ah ,


ne. What is i t tha t y o u know ?

The woman seemed to draw wi t hin herse l f as a


tur t le does and answered shor t ly :
,


More t han I will t ell .


Enough ! said S ah n e and her word was a
-
,

command All fear o f this o ld crone had suddenly


.

left her ; what she knew o r wha t she did no t know


'

ma t tered little as she could prove no t hing Speak


,
.

more pleasantly to me o r D is din shall hear o f -

your words ; I am o f his people and h ave given


proof The word was for D is din and n o t for
.
'
-

y o u . S ah n e spoke withou t anger



-
though she
had had su fcien t cause for i t .

The o ld woman dropped her head an d her voice ,

was again the whine t ha t S ah n e had heard o n


-

rs t awakening .


I am an o l d woman ; my words mean no t hing .

D o no t speak to Dis din ; my tongue shall say no


-


more .

S ah n e walked away f rom t he hogan wi t hou t



-

o n e backward glance for t he eyes t ha t s t ill wa t ched


SAH
-
NE IN EAGL E S NE S T
19 5

wi t h uns atised suspicion She spoke t o her cousins .

that day o f the o l d woman .


Why does she stay about the hogan her ways


are not pleasan t and her to n gue is sh arp .

O ne o f the girls answered her with a light laugh



O h do not mind C hu nah
, She is old an d
-
.

means but half o f what she says She has been .

nurse for each o n e o f us an d it would bre ak her



heart to be sen t away from the hogan .

And S ah n e said no more



-
.

D ays passed and she now knew for a certainty


that the Magic was not in th e To to me camp -

-
.

She had heard o f Kay yah s escape but thought


-

him dead though she knew gu ards were still placed


,

o n t he many trails for his possible capture She .

had seen Wau k o m a many times an d his bold


-

-
,

eyes hau n ted her even more than did those o f the
o l d woman who had not spoke n again but whose

e nm i t y she felt O f Wau ko ma she had heard


.
-

-

s t range things and when she had spoken o f him to


,

her cousin D ez pah D ez pah had put her n ger



-
,
-

t o her lips and looked cautiously about t o be sure


her words were not overheard .


Speak t ha t name with caution S ah n e There ,

-
.

are strange things about to happen se says our

fa th er D is din W au k o ma is still in name


,

-
.
-

-
, ,

chief o f the To t o mes bu t i t is whispered tha t


-
-
,
19 6 L O S T IND IAN MAG I C

Tag a mo has all bu t t aken his pl ace I know


-

-
.

no t what i t means bu t w e are t old t o keep o u r lips


,

closed and o ur eyes and ears open .

She was now trea t ed as o n e of t he t ribe by many


and the sens e o f s t rangeness had worn a way She .

an d H awal li were o n t he mos t friendly terms


-

-

and it was when she was in his presence tha t her


sens e o f deception mos t hur t She had learned all .

t hat she possibly could and fel t t ha t she could serve


no purpose in remaining longer in Ta pau wee ; -
-

the time for her re turn t o Ah co if such re t urn


-
,

were possible was a t hand , .

Th e dawn ligh t crep t in t o t he hogan and S ah n e



-

rose from her couch o f skins an d s t epped lightly to


t he door The others lay sleeping and she made
.

no sound as she pushed aside t he hide curtain and


s t epped o u t The camp lay silent and she walked
.

swift ly between the hogans seeing no t so much ,

as a dog A t t he edge o f the mesa she gave o n e


.

long look at the glorious scene below : the deser t


pain t ed in the delicate hues t ha t come before t he
sun and wi t h a swift glance behind her s t epped
,

onto the trail t ha t l ed downward There was a .

lo w laugh near b y a man s laugh t hat held in i t



a deep no t e o f t riumph and she stepped has t ily


,

back trying to conce al herself behind o n e o f t he


,

large t umble weed balls t h at lay near b y I t w as


-
.
19 8 LO S T I N D I A N MAGI C

H e s t il l s t ood over her bu t t he sm ile faded f rom


,

his lips .


A spy i s a spy he said and his voice w as now
, ,

harsh I will give y o u unt il nigh t to decide w h e th


.

er you wil l have smiles or frowns for Wau ko m a -



-
.


Today I t rap the o t her Nag apah
- -
.

The blood left her cheeks and she looked up a t


him with frigh t ened eyes .


Wh at mean you is Kay yah t hen alive
? -

H e frowned as he answered
Y o u know this d o g ? Yes he is alive bu t n o t


,

f o r long He is t rapped like a f o x in his hole


.
,

and no power can s ave him now from my arrows .

Today we hun t him o ut .

S ah ne s face sank into her hands bu t she w as


'-

silen t her t houghts were whirling wha t could she


,

d o how keep Wau ko ma here un t i l Kay yah


-

-
-

could b e warned ?


The hills are h o t she said , Why hun t o n .

such a day There are cool hogans in camp and


?

my hands have skill in preparing pleasan t food .

She looked up with a pitiful attemp t a t coque t ry .

There was amusemen t in Wau ko m as f ace t ha t -


-

quickly turned to ange r .


S o y o u would save t he Nag apah he said and
- -
,


his face grew dark Tonigh t you shall have smiles
.

f o r me o r sleep the long sleep as shall Kay yah


'
-
, ,

wi t h an arrow in your heart spies are no t wel


SAH -
NE IN EAGLE S NE S T

19 9

come in Ta pau wee -


His voice agai n cha n ged
-
.


to mock kindness Today C hu n ah shall watch
-

over the little bird and clip its wings .

Sa h n e slipped back i n to the hogan like t he



-

caged bird she had been called an d lay o n the skin s


with her face in her hands She knew well that .

the o ld hag C hu nah had bee n given instructio n s


,

-
,

to keep close wa t ch o n her every action an d the ,

gloati n g t riumph in those o l d eyes stu n g her like


the lash of a whip She feared to go to Tag a mo
.
-
-

or Dis din for pro t ectio n lest their suspicion s be



-

aroused She must ght bu t ght in secre t and


.
,

alone .

Her cousins were gay that morning and told


her t hat t hey were all going t o hunt pinyo n nuts -

in the foo t hills f o r t he day an d would no t re t urn


until night when there would be a moon They
, .

were surprised at her refusal to go with them bu t ,

she t hought tha t her cha n ces for escape were far
be tt er away from t hem and decided no t to leave
Ta pau wee
-
-
.

Through the d ay she went about her usual t asks


wi th a face which gave no i n dication of the emo
tions struggli n g within her and was asked no ques
t ions She had seen the party headed by Wau
.
,

ko ma leave t he camp and knew t heir cruel pur


-
,

pose ye t she coul d do no t hing I t was n o w late


, .

evenin g and she s t ood o n t he edge of the mes alook


200 L O S T IND IAN MAGI C

ing with burnin g eyes t oward t he moun t ain Was .

Kay yah i n deed there and alive only waiting to



-
,

be shot t o death as the chief had threatened And


?

she could send no message o f warni n g nothing


.

She clenched her han ds until they hurt and all ,

the time was conscious o f the wa t chful eyes at her


back eyes that lost no gesture o r movement tha t

she made eyes t hat s aid as plai nl y as spoken



,


words Your turn next girl o f the N ag apahs
, ,
-
-
.

She t urned ercely o n the o ld woman .


Why do you watch me D o you fear tha t I
?


will j ump from the mesa o r inj ure myself ?

Ch u nah mumbled something u n der her bre at h


-

and prete n ded occup ation with a j ar she carried .


I shall go for water said S ah n e suddenly ,

-
.


Follow if you wish but I shall go down the trail
, , .

And taking the j ar from the o ld woman she drew ,

it to her shoulder and started swiftly down t he


t rail.

C hu nah taken completely o ff her guard fol


-
, ,

lowed protesting with ever y step She spoke wild


, , .

ly and seemed not to car e what her words revealed


t o S ah n e f o r she feared to let th e girl for a
-
,

mome n t o u t o f her sight ; an d S ah n e u n fo rtu


-
,

na te l y for C hu nah had chosen a time when there



-
,

was no o n e in sight o n whom t he woman cou l d call


for aid .
202 L O S T IND IAN MAGI C

of t he o l d woman followed her but only g ave wings


to her feet The cry seemed to go u nh eeded in
.

the general commo t ion above S he ran straigh t .

down t he trail ; t here was n o t ime to choose a p ath


among t he rocks and t rees t o either side The .

shouts o f the camp and o f t he o ld woman came


more and more fain t ly to her ears and nally died
away altoge ther as she ran o n with fas t bea t ing -

heart bu t unfaltering speed .

B ack o n t he mes a Chu nah s t ruggling back up


-
,

t he long t rail found her way t hrough the village


,

to Wau ko ma s side
-

-

.


The girl has gone she gasped There .


down the t rail toward A h co

-
.

Wau ko ma gav e a harsh exclama t ion and shook


-

-

her roughly .


Y o u shall p ay for this y o u o l d wi t ch ! he

snarled and t hrew her from him as he s t rode swift


,

ly t oward t he trail .


C hot z u come ! he called and as th e o ther
-
, ,

came close he spoke in a lo w voice .


The Nag apah girl is gone she must be

- -

brought back ! G o you an d head her o ff from


,

above the canyon I go the other way she can

no t escape from such a circle and we will meet a t ,

t he clearing this side o f the pass Come ! .

A n d both men ran swiftly down t he t rai l .


C HAP TER ! I

BE

-
TA -
AT SIN

d
T h e go s giv e s tre n gth to him w h o trie s ;
T h e te s te d
w in gs ar e th o s e th at r is e .

HE rst fain t glow o f a rosy dawn shone


through the cave s entrance as Kay y ah
-

opened his eyes on the morning after T so s in

vocation t o the go d VV ah ma h a His lo n g nigh t


- -
.

o f heavy sleep had left his mi n d clear a n d active ,

and he arose from his bed with the keen j oy o f


youth and strength singing in his heart He re .

membered quite clearly all the details o f T so s

weird ceremony that had taken place the night b e


fore but now the s and painti n gs were gone and the
,

cave s oor had its usual appearance Tso was



.

abse n t but he had not been away long as a little


, ,

blaze still ickered through the charred sticks upon


the re s t one an d steam lazily rose from the bowls
-
,

o f food tha t sat o n the oor abou t it .

Kay yah took the half ll e d water j ar t o the



- - -

ledge Ou t side and after dashing i t s cool con t ent s


,

203
204 LO S T I ND I AN MAG I C

over his hands and face relled it at t he poo l an d


,

re t urned to eat his morni n g meal .

As he appeased his keen appe t ite with the crude


t hough appetizi n g fare o f the old T o to me he -
-
,

though t over t he event s that had occurred sinc e


his arrival at t he cave and after forming and re
,

j e c tin g several plans for the immediate fu t ure he


decided that he would take his leave o f Tso j us t as
soon as he learned the bes t way to go back t o
Ah co I t was no t his intention t o abandon his

-
.

search f o r the Magic bu t as he had learned tha t


,

i t was no t in the possession of t he T o to mes he -


-
,


must n o w return f o r Dee nay s cou n sel and advice
-

before he could follow an y future course of ac


t ion .

Jus t as he was nishin g T so ent ered and with


,

o u t a word threw his bow case from his shoulder


-

and s t ood his spear against t he wall S omethin g .

in the o l d man s ac t ions and in the fac t t ha t he


had re t urned so soo n after starti n g o n what had


app arently been a hu n t ing trip told Kay yah t ha t
,

-

somethin g unusual had occurred .

The explana t ion was not long in coming .


The Lion will s t ay in his cave while t he d ay

is here remarked Tso
, . A pack o f the To t o m e -
-

dogs b ark around the trails below and look up


f rom t he hills like chi n do gs t ha t howl a t t he moon
-
.
20 6 L O S T IND IAN MAGI C

eyes will see the wall o f a house o f t he dead The .

house is under t he rocks o n which we stand .

As Kay yah obeyed he looked as directly be



-
,

l o w as he could and was surprised to see t he outer


,

wall o f a cli ff dwelling immediately beneath him .

I t s to p came up almost to t he edge o f t he over


ha n ging c li ff .


When the To t o me dogs look up from below
-

-
,


said the o ld man t he house hides this part o f the
,

ledge The end seems to be where the lit t le shel f


.

comes up that holds t he po o l There is no way up .

to the pool so the o n e who comes t o nd the ledge


,

does n o t know where t o go and is blind t o t he


Lion s t rail

.


The gods o f the little people of t he cli ff s gave

them grea t wisdom said Kay yah and he thought
,

-
,

o f t he other cli ff dwelling from which he had


cl imbed up to the secret opening far around a t
t he o t her end o f t he ledge .


Their gods gave t hem wisdom remarked Tso , ,

but forgo t t o give t hem strong medicine agains t


the Shin di The witches got them all all and
-
.

,


sen t them o n t he long sleep .

Then he slowly rocked back and fort h as he


chant ed under his breath

P al e wit c h ,
bl ack wit ch ,

S t r n g is th m agic ;
o e

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S t r o n g is t h e m e d ic in e
We we av e ab o u t u s .

S p awn o f th e sp id e r ;
F an g o f th e sh e w lf ;

o

C l aw o f th e b at win g ; -

T o o th o f th e sn ak e ;

M in gl e th y m agic
W ll in th e w e a in g
e v .

P al e w i t c h bl ack
, wi t ch ,

B ack t o t h e S hi n d i !

S t r o n g i s th e ci cl r e

Wo v e n ab o u t us .

When he had n ished his chan t Kay yah s t ill ,


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,

wondering about the trail that must be hidden near


the house below them asked : ,

Does the house o f the Na y akaed tha t is b e -



neath us hide your trail ?

The Lion s trail leads into the house o f t he

dead replied Tso and the To to me dogs fear


, ,
-

-

the house for the sign o f death is upo n it and the


,

traces o f the bear witch are about it They do not


-
.

know that the Lio n s trail leads through the house


and another trail run s by it to a place more pleas


ing ; bu t if the hearts of the dogs grew brave b e
cause o f their number an d their wisdom grew
,

enough to t ell t hem the righ t way up t o the ledge ,


20 8 L O S T IND IAN MAGI C

they could n o t lift t he grea t rock t ha t Tso al on e



knows how to move .

Kay yah remembered his vision o f the pin e log


'-

as i t rose int o the air moving t he nicely balanced ,

rock to o n e side and i t n o w came t o his mind that


,

t he stou t spear doubtless played i t s par t as a lever


when the o ld man came up from t he t rails below ;
bu t he said nothing It was quite plain t ha t Tso.

thought the T o t o mes were after him in S pi t e o f


-

-
,

the fac t t hat t hey could no t kn ow o f his exis t ence


excep t as D o h t he bear wi tc h who m t hey had
,
-
,

never seen Kay yah well knew whom t he T o t o


.

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mes were aft er and tha t if they t ried to ge t up t o


,

t he ledge i t would be with no t hough t o f nding


t he dread man bear -
.

A S t he two star t ed back t o t he cave he carefully ,

t hough t t he ma tt er over and deciding tha t i t was ,

no longer necessary to keep his knowledge o f the


other secre t passage from his o l d friend he re ,

m arked :

A t t he other end o f this ledge is a way down
t o t he hills below We may have s t rong need f o r
.

i t s use if o ur food should all b e ea t en before the


To t o mes leave the trails beneath this S ide o f the
-

-

cli ff s They would n o t believe t ha t t here is a way


.

down a t t he place where I will Show you f o r t he ,

w a ll b elow i t is very high and s t eep and t he pas ,


2 10 L O S T IND IAN MAGI C

of t he dead t hat is far below u S b u t t he s t eps o f

the Na y akaed are not f o r t he crooked fee t of


- -

Tso The fee t o f the little cli ff people were small


.


and s t raight Then as they started t oward the
.
,

cave he continued
, A man climbs up withou t
grea t trial where he climbs down with lab or and
grea t care f o r the fee t have no eyes f o r a n e w
,

t rail and they are no t sure o f a way t ha t lies in


,


t he darkness .


This way is n o t a hard o n e said Kay yah ,
-
,


wishing to assure the o ld man and I am sure you ,

can go down it in safety f o r I have been down ,

t he passage S ince I came up an d my fee t found t he ,


s t eps without difficulty .

A t t he last remark Tso suddenly stopped .


You have been t o the hills below S ince you came

up here he asked somewha t suspiciously
? .


Yes said Kay yah honestly
, I t hought you
-
.

had f ound t he li t tle bag I had los t when I rs t .

came here and I had it in my mind to ge t it from


,

you and t o escape t o my country by the way I


came as I t hought t he bag contained the Magic
,

o f the N ag apahs but you did n o t have i t as I


'
- -
, ,

found it where I had lost it in the house of t he Na


y a -
kaed far below
.

Reaching int o his belt he brough t f or t h t he li t


t le bag saying as he did so :

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2 11

S ee it is here and shall n o t be los t again


, , .

At Sight o f the bag the old ma n s face cha n ged


,

as though another bei n g had stepped i n to his body .

It was as if h is half clouded mi n d had been sud


-

d e n ly cleared o f the co n fused impressio n s that had


often thronged it an d obscured his V iew o f the past .

Then a look o f wo n der came i n to his eyes and like ,

o n e who suddenly nds himself in the mids t o f

unfamiliar surrou n dings he gazed at his you n g ,

frie n d as he would have looked at a stranger With .

a growl o f rage he grabbed the little bag with o n e


hand as he clutched at Kay yah s throa t with the
-

other .


Thief thief ! he cried
, You stole it ! W h o .

are you ? Where i s the Yaz yah ? Speak ! O r -


you Shall never speak again .

Astounded by the i n sul t and the unlooked f o r -

actio n s of his supposed friend Kay yah thrust the ,



-

ha n d from his throat as t he ho t blood leaped to his


face .

And n ow as he gaze d a t Kay yah a change


,

-
,

more t errible t han t he rst came over the o ld T o


to me As if frozen where he stood his arms hang

-
.
,

ing helplessly at his S ides with mouth agape an d ,

eyes staring wildly from his ashen face he looked ,

as though some hidden terror had stricken his vi


t als wi t h a mor t al wound The helpless j aws moved .
2 12 L O S T IND I AN MAG I C

as t hough t o speak but no sound came from his ,

t hroa t Then as t hough he were wre n ching him


.
,

self free from some t errible spell tha t bound him ,

he sudde nl y t urned and with grea t arms upraised ,

ed along t he ledge shouting as he ran



B e ta a t si n be ta atsin be ta atsin
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,

- -
,

- -

Dazed by t he s t range sigh t he had j us t witnessed ,

a spectacle t ha t had driven all thought o f anger


from his heart Kay yah followed Tso m e ch an i
,

cal ly as the l att er ran o n around the poin t in t he


ledge to t he passage t hat led below A S he reached .

t he curve and looked along the Shelf beyond he saw


, ,

the o ld man fran t ically lift t he end o f the heavy


l og t o swing t he great rock from the opening .

Bu t he exer t ed t oo much s t reng t h and the s t rong ,

arms as if ac t ing withou t reason and rendered still


, ,

more powerfu l under t he stress o f exci t ement ,

forced t he l o g upward and beyond i t s b alancing


poin t The a t rock slid heavily inward and t he
.
,

big t imber poising for a second o n the edge o f


,

t he opening crashed downward through t he pas


,

sage below A cloud o f dus t arose as the log


.

plunged t o t he lower ledge and t he mountain walls ,

echoed loudly with the booming noise as it cr um


b l ed t he stone walls o f the a n cien t dwelling b e
n ea t h t hen rolled ou t ward and t umbled from leve l
,
2 14 L O S T I ND I AN MAGIC

p e are d t ha t he in t ended go directly down to t he


to
very hills o n which the enemy were camped .

A S his eyes searched t he country immediately


benea t h him h e saw a dozen or more To to me
,
-
-

men a t tracte d by t he loud noise o f the falling


,

lo g running upward from a poi n t in t he hills j ust


,

beneath t he t rail t aken by o ld Tso ; but as th e ,

rough ground o f t he mount ain side between them

prevent ed them from see i ng each other he felt like ,

S houting a warning to t he o l d man ; but o n second

though t he realized t ha t such action would be use


less The t hreate n ing situation was clear to him
. .

I t was evident t hat Tso had totally los t his rea


so n and in his mad haste had accide n tally o r i t
, ,

migh t have been intentionally des t royed the hid


,

den passage and laid i t s secre t bare t o all who


migh t n o w approach the cli ff Worse still t he
.
,

unarme d o ld man was running in t o t he very


clu t ches o f his enemies .

Why had Tso ac t ed as he had and why t he cry ,


of b e ta atsin
- -
the words used by Tag a m o the
,
-
-

nigh t o f his cap t ivi t y in t he T o t o me camp These


- ?
-

ques t ions remained uppermost in his mind but h e ,

could nd no answer to them He was half glad


.

that Tso had t aken the li tt le bag with him as it ,

had caused him enough t rouble and he was t ired ,



BE TA A T S IN

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2 15

of t he many un answerable ques t ions conc e rning it


that had arisen to ba ffle him .

A S he watched the old man hobbling from level


t o level n o w disappearing around some S ligh t pro
,

j e c t io n in the mountai n S ide the n appearing again


-
,

o n a lower sec t ion of the zig zaggi n g trail he also -


,

wa t ched t he party of T o to mes who were stead -



-

ily risi n g into higher ground and would surely


meet him .

Although t hey were still far below Kay yah s ,



-

keen eyes could distinguish some t hing o f t he fea


tures and build o f the To to me men and he was -

-
,

no t grea t ly surprised to see tha t they were led by


Wau ko ma Would the To to me chief t ake Tso
-

-
.
-
-

captive and return with him to Ta p au wee o r -



-
,

would he hold t he o l d man u n der guard and c o n


t i n n e upward in search for h im ? Then he suddenl y
remembered tha t probably no T o to me had seen -

-

Tso and lived to describe him to others an d it was ,

no t likely tha t Wau ko ma and his men would


-

-

associa t e their idea o f D oh the bear witch with ,


-
,

t he o l d man .

A momen t la t er he s aw t he To to mes s t op as -

-

if in s ur prise as Tso o n roundi ng a poin t that


,

had hidden him from their S ight me t them o n a ,

level stretch o f trail S lowing his gai t a little


.
,

t he o ld m an hobbled p ast them waving one arm ,


2 16 L O S T I ND I AN MAG I C

b ack t ow ard t he cli ff and app arent ly Shou t ing


something t o them as he ran A second l at er his .

words came faintly up t o Kay yah s ears


-


He is up t here up there up there ! , ,

F o r a momen t Kay yah s hear t grew bi tt er as


-

he realized tha t Tso had betrayed him in t o Wau


ko ma s hands ; but he wai t ed to see wha t t he l a
-
t
t er would do A S if rendered speechless by t he
.

unexpec t ed S igh t of a s t range o ld man having the ,

appearance and t ongue of o n e o f t heir o w n t ribe ,

t he T o t o mes made no e ff ort t o stop him as h e


-

-

hobbled o n down t he t rail and passed out o f Kay


yah s sigh t around a poin t below Then the To .

t o mes s t ar t ed quickly upward again but had gone



-
,

bu t a few s t eps when Wau k o ma halted them -


-
,

and after giving some has t y command to o n e o f


th e men in whose bru t al face and gure Kay yah

-
,

recognized Cho t z u the par t y con t inued more


'
-
,

S l o wly upward .

A t Wau ko m as word C ho t z u slipped back


-
-
,

-

along the t rail t t ing an arr ow to his b o w as he


,

ran When he had reached the poin t where Kay


.

yah had las t seen t he eeing gure o f the o ld man ,

he carefully drew his b o w and le t t he arrow y .

Kay yah could only guess a t t he probable resul t


-

o f t he sho t bu t rage ared up within him as he


,

wit n esse d th e cow ardly ac t t ha t had been execu t ed


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To -
t o mes and s t epping down in t o t he en t rance

-
,

he leaned over the edge o f t he cli ff and scanned


the hills below In t he lit t le clearing o n t he hill
.
,

where he had seen the lone guard once before now ,

s t ood t hree men an d he drew quickly back as he


,

saw the y were all gazing up a t t he cli ff He had .

j ust s t epp ed to the ledge again when a spent ar


ro w arched upward in a graceful curv e and dropped

near his fee t .

To go down t he passage now was no t t o be


t hought o f for even if Wau ko ma and his men
,
-

were unable to nd t he upper opening they would ,

cer t ainly camp in t he cave and t he guards below


,

n o t o nl y knew that he was o n t he ledge bu t they ,

would guard well t he shelf below o n which t he li t


t le cli ff dwelling s t ood If he en t ered the passage
.

to hide it would only be a ques t ion o f t ime un t il


,

he would be compelled t o come o u t for wa t er and


food He s eemed to be caught like a rabbit in a
.

t rap and as he fully realized t he S i t uation he


, ,


stopped and t hought the mat t er over D ee nay .
-

had often repea t ed to him an old admoni t ion t ha t


now c a
me t o his mi n d : E xcitement goes blind in
t he presence o f danger Calm though t s are eye s
.

that may behold a way t o safety .

Then he lifted his arms and calmly t urned h is


f ace upward t oward Joho na ai th e Gre a t S pir i t
-
-
, ,

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TA AT S IN
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2 19

in whom he had always t rusted and his eye caught ,

the rugged branches of the twisted pi n yo n t ree -

whose limbs overhung the edge o f the cli ff above .

The light of hope leaped i n to his face as apossible


way of escape came to his mind Ru n n ing with all .

S peed to the rocks above the pool he caught up t he ,

heavy coil o f rope tha t hung over the peg glan ci n g ,

down at the trails below as he did so The To to .


-

mes were but a little way below him but the steep ,

asce n t caused them to climb far more Slowly than


when on the lower levels an d he kn ew t hey would
,

move with the greatest cautio n when they came


withi n bowshot of the ruined cli ff dwelli n g He .

might have time but certai n ly n o n e to S pare


,
.

Runni n g back to the cave he brought ou t the o l d


,

rope o f twisted hide an d taking the two to a poi n t


,

beneath the tree he tied them securely together ,

maki n g one le n gth that he saw would be long


enough to reach from the ledge to the t ree and back
again Taki n g the stone ham m er from his belt
. ,

h e tied o n e e n d of the stout leather cord to the head


o f the weapon , an d after coiling the long strand
i n to a loose coil a t his feet he made ready f o r the
,

most importa n t step in his pla n S teppi n g o u t from


.

beneath the tree to a poi n t that would make it pos


sible for the stone hammer when thrown to p ass
, ,

over it and desce n d to the ledge again he gripped ,


220 L O S T I ND I AN MAG I C

t he handl e and aft er t aking care f u l aim hurl e d it


, ,

upward with su fcient force t o drive it alit t le above


t he tree before i t s descen t o n the other S ide He .

realized tha t his life might depend o n t he o n e


t hrow and his hear t bea t heavily wi t h excitemen t
,

and fear as t he hammer arched over the t ree as ,

he had in t ended i t Should bu t lit o n t he edge of


,

t he upper cli ff with i t s handle p ro j e ctin g where he


,

could j ust see i t from below .

C a t ching the rope he gave i t several Shor t j erks ,

causin g the weapon t o S lide nearer and n earer t o


t he edge O ne more Sharp pull and i t t umbled
.

downward bringing the Slack end o f the rope wi t h


,

i t as t he smoo th t wisted t hongs slid over t he s t rong


lim b s above .

A momen t l a t er Kay yah had t wis t ed t he two


-

lengths t ogether ei t her o n e o f which was more than


,

s t rong enough t o support his weigh t and as h e ,

untied the s t one hammer and replaced i t in his bel t ,

he heard the t riumphant shout o f t he To t o mes -


-

and knew they were coming up t he last p ar t o f


t he trail and had discovered t he n o w open p assage
a t t he o t her end o f t he ledge Quickly t aking the
.

ends o f the rope in his teeth t o make sure t ha t


,

his means o f escape would be taken up wi t h h im ,

he was soon climbing hand over hand up t he S ide


o f th e bulging c l i ff t o safe t y above He clim b e d
.
2 22 L O S T IND IAN MAG I C

t e re d on ehis o w n arrows in passing He


of .

S hrugged his S houlders as he t hought o f wha t migh t

have happened t o him if t he deadly missile had been


shot by a better marksman .

Then rising quickly as the though t came to him


, , ,

he solem nl y held his arms upraised t o t he after


noon sun saying as he did so
,


Grea t S piri t in t he heart o f t he E ar th child
,

is than ks for t he escap e from his enemies Let n o t .


my hear t forge t .

Pulling o u t the arr ow he tossed i t over t he cli ff


,

to his enemies beneath to le t them know how lit t le


,

damage i t had done He heard i t s t rike t he ledge


.

below bu t no sound from t he men came back in


,

reply D oub t less Wau k o ma and his men were


.
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-

inspecting the cave prep aratory t o robbing i t o f


,

everything o f value bu t he knew tha t some of his


,

men would be s t a t ioned ou t side with drawn bows


ready t o le t y a t him if he should att emp t t o
look below .

Then he suddenly realized the danger o f leaving


t he t ree as i t was for Wau k o m a would surely
,
-

-

make an e ff or t to follow him and might even now ,

be making aro p e from t he s t rong Skins tha t were


sca t tered abou t the cave He mus t nd some means
.

b y which t he overhanging lim b s cou l d be b roken o ff



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TA AT S IN
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22 3

without e xp o sm g himself to the danger of Shots


from below .

A S he looked over the wide Slope about him he ,

saw that it was dotted with dwarf j u n iper an d


pinyon trees and gnarled sage brush grew wherever
-
,
-

it could nd a footi n g betwee n the rocks an d boul


ders that had tumbled dow n from the low crumbli n g
wall above He might n d enough dry wood with
.

which to build a re be n eath the tree an d could thus


burn the limbs o f but that would requ ire too long
,

a time The afternoo n sun was n o t ma n y hour s


.

above the horizon an d he must m ake his way to the


top o f the mountai n an d if possibl e desce n d to the
, ,

other side before dark n ess came He k n ew that no .

man had ever fou n d a way to its top an d it was for ,

that reason the o l d men o f the tribe had given the



great at plateau o n its sum mit the n ame B ah chi ,
-


Din o ch ! Shrine o f the Gods !
-
.

From his present position it looked as though he


might be able to reach the to p without great d if
culty and as he realized the fact a thrill o f ex
,

c it e m e n t ran through him as he knew he must be , ,

even now sta n ding higher up on the mou n tain than


,

any m an had ever stood before .

As he co n templated this fact his eye caught a huge


rou n d boulder that stood some little distan ce above
him and in an almost direct line with the tree A S .
2 24. L O S T IND IAN MAG I C

he ran up t o i t he saw t ha t i t might be possib l e to


roll i t if the rocks and earth tha t supported i t on
t he l ower S ide could be removed Aft er bre aking
.

o ff a s t ou t limb from a nearby t ree he returned

t o t he boulder an d using t he lim b as a digging t ool


, ,

wa s soon removing t he earth a n d stones from b e

nea t h its lower S ide After long and p atien t e f


.

fort he decided t hat a very hard push would s t art


i t o n i t s way He t hen gathered all the smaller
.

rocks and s t ones t ha t lay alo n g t he way between the


boulder and the t ree and laid them in a row on either
S ide to form a direc t and uni n t errupted path
, This .

accomplished he go t above t he gre a t boul der and


, ,

bracing his fee t against t he side o f the Slope and ,

with Shoulder t o t he rock pushed with all his


,

s t ren gth S lowly the great stone rolled over then


.
, ,

gatherin g momen tum with each t urn i t went plung


,

ing down the Slope directly a t t he tree A moment .

la t er a splin t ered s tump remain ed where t he pinyo n


had s t ood and a sound like a mighty peal o f t hun
,

der arose as the huge bo ul der crashed t o the l ower


S helf and bounded o u t into t he space below .

The continued rum ble and more distan t roar as ,

i t dropped in t o the hills bene ath was mingled wi th


,

the angry cries an d Shou t s o f t he T o t o mes who


-

-
,

were both frigh t ened by the t erric noise o f t he fall


C HAP TE R ! II

TE ST S T H E no w
'-
K AY Y AH

A narro w trail ; th e sh ad o w e d ni
gh t

Th e op e n s he l te r o f th e sk
y;
Th e sm e ll o
f s age ; a h ogan

s l igh t
A f ar c o y o te s

l o n e ly cr
y .

U A MA , the moun t ain that rears its mighty


-

bulk from the foothills beside the T o to me -



-

mes a is t he highest o f the range tha t s t re t ches away


,

to t he nor t heast I t s lofty S ides are girdled about


.

with frowning cli ff s and above them steep t erraces


,

rise ro w upon ro w t o t he nal suppor t o f its level


summit S corning the rough winds and sands o f
.

the desert below and the raging s t orms from abov e


, ,

it stand s l ike a proud g uardia n over the lesser moun


t ains and hills that trail o u t at its b ack I t s inac .

cessible to p made ! u a ma the mountain o f mys -

t ory t o all o f the t ribes o f the vast desert region a t


its b ase Accounts of the magic folk mys t erious
.
,

witch caves and a n imal dens to be found o n its for


-
,

bidden crest had always had an important par t in


the s t ories t old t he To to me and Nag apah chil-
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227

dren None could say tha t t he tales were un t rue as


.
,

no o n e had ever bee n upo n its summit an d Qua ma ,



-

was j ust the kind of place where witches and fairy


folk would choose to live When black storm clouds
.
-

obscured its top the o l d m e n o f T a p au wee would


,
-

-

tell the little boys tha t the Shi n di was giving a -

dance to the witches and t hat soon they would hear


,

t he bea t i n g of his big drum an d then the clouds


would tremble with fear and cry the ir t ears down
all over the earth .

From Ah c o the little Nag apah children



-

- -

looked at the mysterious mou n tain through t he blue


haze o f a greater distance an d though the dis t ance
,

caused the tales about it t o be less fearsome they ,

were none the less weird and impressive I t was .

well known to them how C hu n gua the headless -


,

wolf always came out o n the mou n tain to p t o look


,

f o r his head j ust as the n e w moon hung above Qua


ma as tha t was the o nl y time in the month t hat he


,

could see but he could never nd it as t he head


, ,

could n o t call o u t to h im because it had no body t o


give i t breath to growl with and the body could ,

n o t call o u t to t he head because it had no t ongu e

o r throa t wi t h which to make a noise .

The little Nag apah boys and girls were t old



- -

tha t if t hey were ever very bad the witches might


carry them o ff t o the black caves t hat were high up
228 L O S T I ND IAN MAG I C

on t he moun t ain sides and the threa t d id more t han


-
,

all else to make t hem good and obedient children .

Thus t he fearsome mys t eries o f ! ua m a were e s -

tab lish e d in the minds o f the little folk and t hese ,

impressions could n o t be al t oge t her shaken o ff when


ma nh ood came .

A S Kay yah worked his w a


-
y upward over t he
rough slopes and steep t erraces that lay be t ween him
and t he lofty mes a above the memory o f many ,

childh ood t ales o f the mount ain came to his mind ,

and through his thoughts ran the words o f a little


rhyme tha t had given him his rst idea of i t s aw e
inspiring mys t ery

On ! u a m asf
-

to p a bl ack cloud lie s .

Wau
m ee, O
w au h am -
ee.

T h e wit c h win d s w ail ; t h e


-
be r wit ch
a
ie s
T o t e ll t h e S h in d i -
s om e on e die s.

Wau
m ee . W au h am e e
- -
.

As t he fearful impression this rhym e h ad made


upon him as a li t tle boy came t o his min d he per ,

m it te d a S light S hiver o f t he o l d fear to run t hrough

him j us t for t he fun and mys t ery o f it Then sud .

d e n ly he j umped as though he were S hot as a little ,

ground S quirrel whisked from t he s age a t his fee t ,

and ran t o the Shel t er o f a nearby rock H e laughed .

al ou d as he re alized t he foolishness o f his t ho ugh ts


23 0 L O S T I ND I AN MAGI C

t he deser t if he j us t spread his arms wide enough


and ran fas t enough Blue j ays rabbit hawks an d
.
,
-
,

black birds e w noisily up from bush and sage as


-

he passed an d chattered an d scolded loudly a t the


,

sigh t o f a man who w as rudely in vading their b i t h


ert o exclusive domain .


A s t range excitement ran t hrough Kay yah s -

veins as he leaped over sage and weeds in his path


as each step brought him nearer home and he could ,

scarcely bri n g himself to stop as he reached the west


ern end o f the grea t at to p Halting o n the very .

edge of the plateau he looked o u t over the wonder


,
!

ful scene that lay beneath him and quickly searched ,

f o r the Spo t where he believed the Nag apah camp - -

must be S ituated Then his eye caugh t the familiar


.

t wis t ing ou t line o f the canyon that appeared from ,

where he s t ood like a dark blue crack in the earth


, ,

and yes a t i t s mou t h lay Ah c o its cluster of ti n y



,
-
,

hogans barely visible in the dim distance It seemed .

a long t ime since he had t urned his back upon the


N ag apah camp ; his hear t lled with though t s o f
- -

adventure and the recovery o f t he lost Magic He .

had found t he adven t ure bu t the lost Magic seemed


,

as far from recovery as i t had ever been .

As he looked a t the mountai n side 1m m e d iate ly -

b eneat h him he saw that he would be able t o desce n d


,

a l ong w ay before encoun t ering the sheer wal l s of


KAY YAH TE S T S THE B OW

-
23 1

cli ff s that had always proved an e ff ectual barrier to


all who had attempted to climb up from below and ,

t hat n o w might hold him priso n er o n the mou n tain


t op J o h o na ai had led him through e ach difficult
.

- -

situatio n that had thus far confronted him an d b e


, , ,

doubted not that the Great S pirit would aid him


now .

He carefully stu di ed the nature of the cou n t ry


over which he must pass before he could get safely
o u t of the n etwork o f To to me trails man y of
- -
,

which he felt sure would b e guarded A S he


, , .

scan n ed the smooth hills n o w atte n ed o ut almost


like level cou n try by the height from which he looked
down upo n them he noticed a short canyo n set
,

squarely across the end of a ridge that ran f o r miles


almost directly t oward the Na g ap ah country - -
.

The n he remembered both the ca n yon and the ridge ,

as he had followed the no rthern slope o f the latter


when o n his way to the To to me mesa an d had had-

-
,

the good fortune to nd a pass in the canyo n wall


that had permitted him t o go down into it and thus ,

avoid the trails that he knew must lie o n the T o t o -


me side of the ridge .

A S he looked o u t in t o the foothills for landmarks


by which to guide his course whe n the lower ground
was reached he saw the snow white body and t wist
,
-

e d li m b s o f a de ad t ree standin g o n t he top of a


23 2 L O S T IND IAN MAGIC

hill and noted t hat t he little canyon w as bu t a


,

Short dis t ance from it and due wes t o f t he hill o n


,

which it stood When he reached the coun t ry b e


.

low he would go directly t o the li t tle canyon if pos


,

sible f o r if he could ge t t hrough the foothills near


,

es t the mountain where guards were mos t apt to


,

be watching f o r him and g ain the canyon s shelter


,

he could elud e his enemies as the p ass led int o t he


,

open coun t ry north o f the ridge Though t s of t he


.

s t ro n g bow and goodly supply o f T so s red arrows

in t he case at his b ack gave him afeeling o f securi t y


and comfort as he felt prepared t o mee t any f o e
,

who migh t cross his p ath .

The la t e afternoon sun hung low over the horizon ,

and he mus t nd a way t o th e coun t ry below before


darkness came With a nal look over t he great
.

deser t world tha t lay below h e s t ar t ed rapidly


,

downward picking his way over the s t eep Slopes


,

t ha t led t o t he more formidable walls o f rock awai t


ing him far down t he mountain S ide His descent -
.

was more rapid than his upward climb had been ,

and soon he found himself o n the top of a wall th at


seemed bo t h to o high and to o steep t o descend It .

being t he uppermos t of the three great cli ff s th at


girdled the moun t ain he fel t sure tha t h e would
,

nd a place where t he oods from the pla t eau an d


S lo p es above had worn a passage and af t er a Shor t,
23 4 L O S T IND IAN MAGI C

t ion as t he cu t was both too s t eep and too smoo th


,

t o a ff ord a footing o f an y kind and t here was noth


,

ing near him over which the rope could be hu n g .

C rawling o n f o r a Short dis t ance beyond the


break he examined the wall immediately be n eath
, ,

and found a li tt le pro j ee t ion several feet below h im


large enough for a rm footing and be n eath it,

were t wo others tha t seemed to run b ack to a


!

poin t that must be near t he t ree I f he could ge t


.

down t o t he lower proj ec t ion he migh t be able to


work his way back toward the pinyon and if suc ,

c e s s f ul the rest would be easy .

Removing his rope stone hammer an d bow c ase


, ,
-
,

so tha t nothing could hamper his movements where


even t he slightes t ex t ra weight o r false step migh t
, ,

cause him t o fall he le t himself down to the rst


,

proj ection and aft er cautiously lowering his body


,

t o t he las t foo t ing S lowly worked his way b ack


,

t oward t he li t tle tree whose proj ecting branches


he s aw t o be o n a level with his head B u t a t the .

very end of the slight proj ection o n which he s t ood ,

he found tha t he was still too far from his goal


t o b e able t o t hrow the rope over t he t ree success
fully as its small thick branches spread o u t toward
,

him making it impossible to get the rope over the


,

stou t trunk O ne plan tha t might be followed came


.

to h is m ind bu t he w oul d u se i t onl y as a las t reso rt


,
.
KAY YAH TE S T S TH E B OW

-
23 5

Climbing back t o the ledge above he walked o n ,

f o r some dista n ce in search of a n other passage that


would present fewer difficulties ; but the farther he
went the less promisi n g the w all became and t he
, ,

S helf o n which he walked was becoming narrower

with each step The sun was o n the horizon now


.
,

and bu t little time would be left to him before dark


ness came maki n g further descent impossible The .

moon would rise later but it is difficult to j udge


,

heights and depths accurately by moo n light and


the black Shadows would make climbing doubly ;

dangerous .

Goi n g back to the cut he uncoiled the rope and


,

doubled it so that the e n ds would be even for if he ,

were successful in reachi n g the next ledge below ,

he must be able to pull the rope down from the


tree after his descent as he would have s t ill greater
,

need of it when attempti n g the passage over the


remaining cli ff which he knew to be the highest of
them all Picki n g up the bow case in one ha n d and
.
-

t he stone hammer in the other he weighed them ,

carefully The bow case was a little the heavier


.
-

o f the two Removi n g a ha n dful of arrows from


.

the quiver he weighed them again and being sa t is


, ,

e d t hat they were o f a bout equal weight he care ,

fully s tuck t he extra arrows into his bel t and tied ,

the b o w case t o one end o f the rope and t he ham


-
23 6 LO S T I ND I AN MAGI C

mer t o t he o t her C arefully lowering the end o n


.

which t he ham m er was tied he let it Slip down pas t


,

o n e side o f t he tree and when half Of t he rope


,

was t hus played out he lowered the bow case un t il -

it p assed the tree o n the Opposite side and t hen ,

let go The weighted rope tightened rmly over


.

t he gnarled trunk as the ham mer and bow case slid -

downward t o within a few feet Of the lower shelf .

W i t h rope and weapons hanging far below him ,

his one way Of ge t ting down n o w lay in t aki n g a


chance he had hoped to avoid Stepping over to .

the poin t where he had climbed down before he ,

lowered himself from o n e proj ec t ion t o ano t her


un t il t he las t foo t ing was reached and again moved
cau t iously o u t toward the t ree B enea t h him
.

dropped t he grea t vertical cli ff s over which a S lip


o r false move might cause him to plunge in t o t he

yawning dep t hs below S lowly and c autiously he


.

moved o ut to t he last inch o f the little proj ection ;


t hen with left hand clinging to a crack in t he wall
,

above him and with every muscle tense f o r the t rial


,

t ha t was t o b e pu t upon t hem he e x t ended his


,

righ t hand as far as possible toward the rop e t hat


hung from t he t ree He knew tha t both s t rands
.

o f t he rope mus t be grasped at the same instan t ,

and his posi t ion at t ened as he w as against the


,

wall would make t he in t ended leap an awkward


,
KAY YAH TE S T S THE B OW

-
23 7

one . Loosening his hold o n the crack above he ,

lunged forward ; and a second later was swinging


back and forth in mid air bu t holding rmly t o the
-

t w o strands Of rope .

A few moments la t er he stood on the sloping


ledge below his heart pou n din g and limbs t rem
,

bling with t he strai n that had been put upon them .

The hardes t part O f his descent was over in spi t e ,

Of the fact that the cli ff that remai n ed below was


the highes t o n the mou n tain for he could now use
,

his rope in o n e long strand an d he could see that


its length would reach to the bottom Of the wall .

Up t o t his point he had been forced to take the rope


with him bu t he could now fasten o n e end securely
,

t o t he ledge when making this las t desce n t as he ,

would no t need i t after reaching the ground below .

Untyi n g t he ha m m er an d b o w case from t he -

rope he pulled it down from the t ree an d sough t a


,

S po t level enough to permit him to go to its ou t er

edge and exami n e t he cli ff below The sun had .

n o w dropped below the rim Of the desert but its ,

ery aft erglow ooded the wes t ern sky and cast its
vivid coloring over hill s and mountai n Side turning -
,

rocks and t rees into a blaze Of red that Slowly faded


int o copper and dull gold S eated o n the ledge
.

Kay yah wi t nessed the wonderful color e ff ec t s O f



-

the sunse t wi th keen appreciation and wat ched for


,
23 8 LO S T I ND IAN MAGI C

a momen t the hills below n e w darkening int o deep


purple where t he mountain cas t its great Shadow
across them .


Great is t he power and great is t he goodness
,


Of JOho na ai he reverently murmured under his
'
- -
,

breath as he rose t o prepare for the nal step in


,

his j ourney to freedom .

There were man y narrow cracks in the rock ledge


abou t him and n di n g o n e that ran parallel with
,

t he edge O f the cli ff he placed his hammer handle


, ,

downward i n to it an d fou n d tha t it could b e driven


,

half way to t he head He the n bou n d o n e end O f


.

t he rope securely about it an d with a large ston e


drove t he hammer as deep in t o t he crack as i t s
stout ha n dle would permit it to go After m aking
.

a meal Of the bread an d dried mea t that he had


wrapped in the piece Of buckskin before depar t ing
from the cave he bound the small piece Of hide
,

abou t the rope at the point where it would com e


in con t ac t with the edge o f the cli ff to preven t i t s
wearin g t hrough while he was making the descen t .

'

Making a nal test o f the strength Of the hammer


handle by pulli n g upon the rope with all his
s t rength he carefully lowered himself over the edge
,

Of the cli ff an d began his las t downward climb to


the hills below .

When his fee t t ouched t he rm e ar th he ran


240 LO S T I ND I AN MAG I C

s t a t ioned in the near b y hil l s The moon was n o t


-
.

ye t high enough for h im to see any Of the land


marks t ha t he had selec t ed t o guide him o n his w ay ,

bu t t he evening s t ars gave him the point s Of the


compass and he cont inued his course by t hem .

Sudde nl y a sound as Of someone running through


t he b rush far down t o his left came to hi s ears ,

and he s t opped placing an arrow o n t he s t ring o f


,

his b ow as he wai t ed bu t the sound died aw ay and


, , ,

as t he ligh t grew bright er he saw some dis t ance ,

below him a lo w hill ; and o n its summi t t he whi t e


,

b ody and t wis t ed limbs O f a dead j uniper t ree s t oo d -

boldly o ut agains t the dark Sky He smiled wi t h .

pleasure as he recogniz ed i t as t he landmark he


had no t ed from t he mountain to p and knew tha t -
,

due wes t o f him lay t he friendly li tt l e canyon wi t h


t he ridge beyond .

Crawling forward he had j us t reached the t ree


,

when he heard t he sound Of a woman s voice a li tt le

way below him The voice w as lo w bu t t ense wi t h


.

exci t emen t as if i t s owner were posses sed o f min


,

gled fear and anger .

He leaped t o his fee t and his hear t s t ood s t ill


,

wi t hin him t he voice was like tha t o f S ah n e



-
.

Bu t even as he ran forward he realized t ha t S ah

n e could onl y be in A h c o and t ha t t he voice migh t


-
,

merely be like hers Torn by uncer t ain t y and real


.
,
KAY YAH TE S T S THE

-
B OW 2 41

izing that he must n o t allow excitemen t to lead him


i n to unwise actio n s that might cause him t o fall
agai n into the ha n ds O f his enemies he stopped and ,

crouched dow n in the s age to li sten As he did .

S O angry voices and the sound Of a struggle as Of


,

two m e n ghting came up from the spot where he


,

had heard the woman s voice He could n o w see



.

that the men were in a small clump Of bushes tha t


stood o n the edge O f the smooth sage covered S lope -

that ran O ff toward the south As he listened u n .


,

certai n j ust what h e Should do he could hear t he ,

men struggli n g despera t ely Men o f t he same .

tribe Often quarreled but they seldom fough t ex


,

cept o n ex t reme provocation O ne Of these men .

might be a Nag ap ah
- -
.

C rouching l o w in the sage he moved forward ,

again hopin g to ge t near enough to see some t hing


,

Of t he combatan t s withou t bei n g seen by t hem A S .

he drew nearer to them o n e Of the antagonis t s fell


,

with an angry cry and the other ran O ff up t he


,

S lope tow a rd t he head of the canyon Al though he .

had come to within a S hort distance Of them neither ,

Of the men had seen him so i n t ent were they in ,

the s t ruggle Then the fallen man half rose call


.
,

ing o u t as he did SO
B y t he gods ! Y ou Shall p ay for t his Cho t ,

2 42 L O S T I ND I A N MAGI C

The men t ion o f the name was enough t o c aus e an


instan t cha n ge in Kay yah s ac t ions Payin g no
-
.

heed t o the wounded man whom he n o w kn ew to be ,

TO t o me he changed his course to avoid the bush


-
-
,

es and dropping on o n e knee let an arrow y at


,

t he eeing gure t hat was n o w running swiftly


some dis t ance up the S lope With a loud cry the .

man leaped int o t he air and fell forward in t he


sage .

With the feeling t ha t he had done his duty in


avenging Tso Kay yah rose t o his feet t hen quick
,
-
,

ly tt ing another arr ow to the s t ring he t urned


back t oward the bushes and t he wounded man in
whose voice he had recogni zed H awal li -

-
.


Ah ! exclaimed the latter in obvious surprise ,

as Kay yah approached him ; and he made a quick


-

move as though to recover his h o w th at lay o n t he


ground a few fee t from him where i t had doubtless ,

fallen during the s t ruggle .


Hold o r y o u follow your friend Cho t zu !


-

commanded K ay yah quietly


W h o w as t he

.

woman and where is Sh e ? S peak quick !



N o t so fast Na g ap ah She is s afe enough
,
-
.
,

since you kill o n e that was after her and the other
o n e has n o t yet come this far Put down t he b o w . .


I will tell y o u what you have need t o know .


I am n o t caugh t t wice by the same dogs re ,
d
24 4 L O S T I ND I AN MAG I C

his open hand H awal li s t epped t oward K ay


,


-

y ah
Here is proof t ha t I know more Of you t h an y o u
o f me I was here to take y o u captive bu t my
.
,

hear t is more in t he safe t y Of t he girl Y o u have .

n o knife and Wau k O ma may come to o close for


-
-
,


y o u t o use t he arro w Quick for someone comes
! ,

A t the unexpec t ed kindness Kay yah hesi t a t ed ,



f o r a brief momen t ; t hen t aking t he pro ff ered


weapon he t urned saying as he did so ,


I understand My t hough t s are gr at efu l and
.


m y memory is long .

D iving int o the brush and t rees o f th e hillside he ,

ran swiftly down t he steep approach t ha t led t o t he


little canyon his heart pounding with mingled pain
,

and j oy a t the thought Of being so near t o S ah n e '


-
.

S ah n e a t Ta pau wee could mean only o n e t hing



- -
-
,

and t he t hough t lled his hear t with bi t tern es s


and a s t range anger tha t seemed to be direc t ed as
much agains t him self as her His o n e du t y now .

was t o save her from Wau kO ma and he t old -



-
, ,

himself he would d o t hat for any woman Of Ah co


,
-
.

He now fel t doubly glad t hat he had made an end


Of Cho t z u as th e la tt er was o n his way t o the
-
,

hea d Of t he canyon to intercep t S ah n e when h is


-

arrow had laid him lo w .

O n he ran do wn th e hill side u nti l fa


ll en rock an d
KAY YAH TE S T S T HE -
B OW 245

low broken walls n ear the canyon s mouth brough t

him to a walk C limbing over the few lo w ledge s


.

that blocked the way he was soon runni ng a l ong ,

in the de n se shadow Of the ca n yon s eastern wall


.

After some little distance he stopped an d lis t ened .

The pou n di n g in his heart seemed S O loud he could


hear little else but after putting his ear to the
,

ground he could hear the crunch Of sand beneath


swiftly runnin g feet far ahead O f h im The foot .

falls were to o ligh t t o be those Of a man Springin g .

t o his feet he ran forward with i n creased speed


, ,

an d after a f e w moments s t opped again


, , .


S ah n e ! he called in a low voice

-
.


Kay yah ! came the startled voice o f Sah n e


-
,

as S h e s t opped and leaned b ackward with o ut


s t retched arms against the canyon wall .


Yes it is I said Kah yah eve nl y as he ran
,

,

-
,

u p to her

We must be quick ! W au kO m a
.
-
-

hunts for y o u and I must put y o u o n the right way


,


to Ah co before I deal with him C ome ! he com

-
.

m e nded .

S ah n e was both too surprised and overj oyed t o



-

make reply and she followed as he took t he lead


,

and ran back to a poi n t where the canyon made a


S ligh t bend Then after s t opping a momen t t o
.
,

lis t en for the sou n d Of any approaching feet he ,

motioned for her again t o follow and dar t ed swift ly


246 L O S T IND IAN MAGIC

across t he brigh t p a t ch Of moonligh t t ha t covered


the narrow canyon oor A momen t lat er t hey
.

stood beneath t he pass t ha t l ed to the open country


b eyond the ridge .

This is a break in the wall where we mus t climb ,


s aid Kay yah S imply
-
I will help y o u up Keep
. .

t o your righ t when y o u ge t t o t he t op follow t he



green s t ar t ha t is in the wes t .

L ift ing her t o a ledge a few fee t above the can


y o n bed he ,climbed u p beside her ; t hen stooping
down he commanded her to s t ep upon his Shoulders .

Holding t o t he rocks above she obeyed ; and as he


,

rose she was able t o s t ep t o a much higher level t hat


led gradually upward .

From where y o u now s t and y o u will b e able t o


make your way t o the top withou t my help When .

you have traveled until y o u are weary wait f o r ,

me I wai t here un t il I know you have t ime to


.

get far away from t hose who are aft er y o u t hen I ,

will follow When you have though t i t is time


.


for me t o come lis t en f o r the call Of the D ak bird
, .


Your voice has t he cold o f a n ger in i t said ,


S ah n e
-
. Is it no t cause f o r happiness t o b e wi t h

a friend again ?

The unexpec t ed ques t ion and the swee t nes s Of


t he voice lled him with mome n tary confusion and ,

when he replied he spoke harshly to hide i t .


24 8 L O S T I ND IAN MAG I C

Yes ,
a
said H w a
l li
as the guard ni shed
-

,


bind ing some soft ear t h over t he wound ; and Wau

kO ma himself may soon come t his way

-
.


Wha t T o t o me gh t s y o u with the k ni fe
-

- ?

b l unt ly asked t he guard whose curiosity was t hor ,

oughly aroused Then he sprang t o where he had .

laid his bow upon t he ground as t he sound O f some ,

o n e coming t hrough t he sage brush from down t he -

slop e came t o t heir ears .


L e t me have your kni f e s aid H awal l i I ,
-
-
.

have no weapon .

The man obeyed and t he t wo s t ood Silen t ly wait ,

ing f o r t he approaching gure who seemed t o move ,

swift ly t hough with grea t caution A few moments .

l a t er t he guard l owered his b ow as Wau kO ma ap -


-

p ro ach e d t hem .


H as Cho t zu passed t his way he asked as he
?

-

s t epped before them .


Yes said H awal li
, He lies wi t h an arrow -
-
.

in him in t he sage yonder a li tt le w ay up t he


S lop e .

W au kO ma gave a sligh t s t art a t t he une x p e c t


-
'-

ed news and his eyes caugh t t he bandage o n H a


,

wal li s side He made as t hough t o speak bu t



-

.
,

changing his mind ran o n up t he S lope in the dirce


t ion indica t ed by H awal li At this unlooked f o r -
-
.
-
KAY YAH TE S T S THE B OW
-
249

reve l ation the guard s j aw dropped with as t onish


,

men t as he s t ared at h is companion .


This is trouble for us he nally excl aimed as , ,

t he thoughts of dealing with the a n gry chief came


to him .


Hold your to n gue Chaz pah you will learn ,
-
,


more in a Short time .

S carcely had his words been spoken when Wau


kO ma came running b ack to them In his han d

-
.

he held a blood stained arrow and as the moonligh t


-
,

fell full upon h im bo t h m e n were startled by t he ,

look o f fear and suppressed exci t emen t that shone


I.
l n ll l S face
0


Look ! he excla imed The red arrow Of t he .

bear witch ! I pulled it from the body Of C hot z u


-

that I might know whose bow had s e n t it D on t .


s t are a t me like b abies ! Speak ! What do you



know o f t his ?


I know no t hing abou t i t replied t he guard ,
.


F o r I did bu t come before y o u .


You H awal li questioned Wau kO ma as
,
? -
- -
-
,

he scowled at the man before him .


The arrow t ha t killed C hot zu was shot by the
-


Na g a pah

-
said
-
H a wal li quietly
, ; an d he has -
-

go n e on to pro t ect the girl S ah n e from any


-


o t hers who may attemp t to capture her .


The dog o f a Nag apah Shall not esca p e u s
-
2 50 L O S T IND IAN MAGIC

again ! aid Wau k o m a be t ween se t t e e th
s -
-
.


Whi ch way has he gone ?

S ensing the fact tha t the t hrea t was bu t an i dl e


b oas t to hide his fear H awal li replied ,
-

-


The N ag apah has gone with the girl t o t he

- -

mou th Of t he canyon below H e will wait f o r you .

there o r in th e p ass as he knows y o u seek he r and


,

wil l see t ha t you nd him instead .


I f y o u know t ha t why do you stand here like ,

frigh t ened rabbi t s D O your cowardly hear t s fear


?


t o go aft er him ?


O ur orders are from T ag a mo said H aw al -
'-
,
-


li eve nl y He sen t us to guard the trails in the
.

hills There are no t rails in the canyon S ince y o u


. .

are under no man s order and have no fear o f t he


'

Na g apah we know y o u will go down t o t he can


- -
,

y o n t o kill him .

With face t urned in the direction t aken by S ah

n e and Kay yah t he young chief stood for a mo


-

men t as if helpless rage and fear fought within him .

He could n o t attack t he tw o armed men before


him and all con dence tha t he could conquer K ay
,

yah S ingle handed had gone from him


-
.

F ac ing H awal li and shaking his clenched hand


-

-

in the air he exclaimed :


,


I shall make an end O f this plo t agains t me and ,
C HAP TER ! II I

T H E PL A CE OF T H E WH I TE RO C K

Al l trail s l e ad b ack to h o m e, at l as t;
T h e gl o w in g re , th e f rie n l y s m il e s ;
d
T h e h e ar t f o rge ts th e d
an ge rs p as t
T h e w e arin e s s an d l o n e l y m il e s .

AH N E n ow ran over rough coun try ; before


and abou t her rocks and underbrush piled high


,

in miniature mountains and foo thills and t he ,

ground was broken with many dry s t ream beds -


.

Mezquite pinyon and cac t us assuming many fan


, ,

ta stic S hap es reared themselves in every direction


, ,

and great balls Of tumble weed loomed gray in t he


-

moo nl ight and stirred with every brea t h Of wind ;


and under the broken silver Of the sage moved t he
animal life Of the desert The lit t le hares t hat scur
.

ried in alarm at the sound Of a human foo t s t ep !

coyotes tha t S lipped by like ghostly Shadows in the


distance sending their clamorous cries into t he
,

n ight, and t he silent S liding ones that crept into


,

the warm cracks o f the rocks t o avoid t he cool nigh t


air and S lep t with every sense aler t S ah n e knew .
-

2 52
PLA C E O F THE WHITE R O CK 2 53

t hem all and feared no t one and her light fee t made ,

little Of the rough n ess Of her p ath She wen t .

swiftly and the words Kay yah had spoken kep t


,
-

pace in her thought with her swinging stride :



Follow t he ridge and the guidanc e o f the green

s t ar and Answer t he call Of the D ak bird
, , .

F o r the rest she mus t choose her o w n trail and


keep eyes and ears alert f o r possible enemies .

The Open desert she loved and k n ew i t s every ,

sound and aspect and t onight her heart s an g within


,

her an d her feet seemed to have wings Was n o t .

Kay yah alive and free and had he no t spoken



-
,

words to her It was true tha t his eyes had avoided


?

hers an d his voice was cold but wha t was that to the ,

fact t hat Wau kO ma had failed in his boas t and


-
-

Kay yah had escaped



- ?

A little hoo t o w l sen t forth his clear call from


-

somewhere near at hand and presen t ly itte d from


,

t ree to t ree seeming t o follow her in her ight


,
.

S ah n e s m iled : perhaps J Oh o n aai had sent o n e



-
- -

t o guard her in the night and the t hought pleased ,

her The moon was n o w almost directly overhead


.

and b rillian t as i t can be only in the clear alt itudes


Of the S ou t hwes t The shadows were no t the dense
.
,

t hick S hadows Of other lands but purple blue and ,


-

clear and S harp they lay like pools Of s t il l wa t er


,

o ut O f which rose grea t rocks ghostly whit e and ,


25 4 L O S T IND IAN MAGIC

creamy pink ; queer twis t ed t rees and S ilve ry ,

clump s Of s age ; and over all the magic mantle Of


t he moonligh t .

S ah n e was n o t indi ff eren t t o t he shim mering



-
,

white splendor abou t her and the words o f a song ,

she h ad Oft en heard in Ah c o came to her mind an d -


,

half unconsciously she hum m ed t hem under her


-

b rea t h

The Moo n go d s e n d s a s p e ll o f ligh t


-

A m agi c s p ll in t th e m gh t ;
e o

O f S il v e r d re am s h e So ft ly w ea ves

O n ro ck s an d t e e s ; o n age an d l e av e s ;
r S

A s t o an d f ro th wit c h wm d s go ;
e

T h e w it c h win d s go an d s o ft l y b l o w

-
, .

T h e w ar rio r s h e ar t is b ou n d in d re am s ;

I n m an y d re am s ; in S ilv e r d re ams .

T h e m e d ic in e is s t ro n g S s tr on
g 1 .

T h e Moo n go d s p e ll is l o n g
-

D id Kay yah feel t he magi c spel l o f t he ni gh t


-
,

sh e wondered ; surely he mus t f o r every t hing was ,

under i t The S t ar bro thers t hemselves did n o t


.
-

seem cold and far away as usual bu t were lik e ,

c ountless camp re s o f t hose who had gone before ;


-

camp re s that sparkled warm and friendly about


-

t he great father re Of the nigh t t he Moon god


- -

himself And the Silence was n o t t he Silence o f an


.
2 56 L O S T IND I AN MAG I C

answer and clung close t o t he Sh adow Of the t ree .

Kay yah came Out int o the moonligh t a short



-

dis t ance away and s t ood looking about him Again .

he called and t his t ime Sah n o could no t repress


,
-

a lit t le laugh that rose t o her lips He looked .

abou t quickly and t ook a f e w steps t oward the t ree .

He was frowning sligh t ly and his word s were cold


as he spoke .


Y o u did n o t answer t he cal l .


Was th at a D ak bird call she asked in pre
?

t ended inn o cence A D ak b ird is always hap py


.

and cal ls like this and t here w as such a thrill


and laugh through the call she sent ou t into t he
nigh t t ha t Kay yah s face relaxed for a momen t
-

and he could no t keep from smiling ; but almos t


ins t ant l y t he t roubled look came back and he opened
his lips t o speak bu t before the words could come
,

S ah n e spoke again

-
.


Hush ! she whispered Words are no t f o r
.

now
listen !
And t hrough the S ilence came a
S ligh t sound unmis t akable : someone was coming ;
,

someone whose swinging bow had s t ruck ligh t ly


agains t a rock as he passed .

Quick as t hough t Kay yah drew S ah n e down


,

-
-

in t o a great clump Of sage an d pu t an arrow t o


t he s t ring o f his bow as t hey wai t ed brea thless for
,

th e a pproach o f him who c am e It w as n o t long .


PLA C E O F THE WH ITE R O CK 25 7

b efore a man came in t o view a man who ran quickly ,

an d S ile n tly s t ooping and crouching as he S lippe d


,

from bush to tree and peerin g and listening in


,

every direction He did not act as a man would


.

who was hot on a trail bu t seemed uncer t ain O f


,

what he followed and at t imes looked up into the


,

tree branches as if what he sought could be there .

Kay yah followed his every movemen t with his


-

arrow taut o n t he s t ring but did no t Shoot as tha t


, ,

he would do onl y in self defe n se or re t ribution


-
.

When the man was gone beyond sound Of their


movements t hey rose from the sage and S ah n e
,
-

whispered

I t was f o r you he looked it was t he call he

h e ard f

Kay yah pu t his nger t o his l ips



-
.


We mus t n o t t alk n o w come !

And they picked their way through t he sage ,

going as swiftly as the rough coun t ry would allow .

Kay yah stopped frequent ly to listen for possi


-

ble pursuers and to study the country for the bes t


trail They had traveled f o r quite a while in Silence
.

when Sah n e S poke wit h a Shade of t imidi ty in her


-

voice .


Was there a gh t in the pass Sh e asked
? .


There was no gh t no o n e came answered

,

K ay yah ; and again t here w as Silence f o r a while



-
.
258 L O S T I ND I AN MAG I C

Kay yah s t hough t s were in a t urmoil ; n ot ye t


-

had he recovered from his astonishmen t and dis


may at nding S ah n e near T a pau wee O ne -
-

-
.


though t hammered a t his brain : A spy a spy ,

l ike her father And yet i t was agony t o h arbor


i t B ut if a spy why was Sh e ying from t he T O
.
, ,

t o m e S and ye t pro t ec t ed by a TO t o me
- ? He -
-

longed to ask her t he answers to these ques t ions b ut ,

a strange embarrassmen t and timidi t y ve ry f orei gn


tO his nature held him S ilen t Finally wi t h grea t .
,

e ff or t he ga t hered his courage t ogether and Spoke


, ,

in a voice S O l ow t ha t Sh e barely caugh t t he words



S ah n e w h y did you leave Ah co The t rail
-
,
?
-

o f t he T O to mes is no lace for a maiden o f th e



p
- -

Nag ap ahs
-
.

She had paused as he spoke and n o w s t ood s t ill


b u t looked away from him .

I have said I w as TO t o me Sh e answered -



-
, ,

and did not see t he deeper look o f t rouble t ha t


came int o his fa ce .

He in his t urn looked away from her as h e aske d


bi tt erly :
Then why do you re t urn t o Ah co -


I was TO to me Sh e repea t e d pu tt ing s trong
-

-
, ,


emphasis o n t he second wor d I was born T O t o .
-

me bu t until l ately knew i t no t My hear t has


, .

al ways been Nag ap ah D ee nay believed and


'-
-
.
-

2 60 LO S T IND IAN MAGIC

T here befor e t hem cl e ar marked t hrough the


,
-

dus t y sage lay a parrow trail leading toward Ah


, '

cO With j oyous hear t s they s t epped into it and


se t o ff at a s w inging t ro t t oward t he home coun
t ry They did no t speak Often after tha t as the
.
,

spell Of sile n ce seemed t o be o n all t hings but once


.
,

he asked if she were weary .


I S the bird weary when he is nearing the nes t ?


she laughed back I t may be but he does n o t drop
.
,

t o earth My feet have wings t onight I shall rest


. .

in Ah c o -
And t hey wen t o n
. .

The moon crep t o n t oward th e wes t ern horizon


and t he stars slipped o ut Of S igh t bu t s t ill they ,

ran o n over the little trail t hrough sage and mez


quite Over sand and rock and Shale ; the dawn wind
,
-

blew in t heir faces bringin g a breath Of t he can


,

yon c oolness ; and j ust as JOho na ai sent agolden


- -

spear o f ligh t over th e deser t s eas t ern rim Kay

y a h called o u t
Here we will res t S ah n e and eat This place
,
-
,

is known t o me and water is near .

She was no t sorry t o stop and sank down under ,

a j uniper t ree with a little sigh O f relief She


-
.

closed her eyes as Sh e res t ed her head agains t th e


trunk Of t he t ree and mus t h ave dozed longer th an
,

Sh e t hought f o r when she opened them again Kay



,

yah was bending a few f ee t in f ron t o f her busy


PLA C E O F THE WH ITE R O CK 2 61

with sticks and a li t tle pil e d f b rush and beside


re - ,

h im lay a rabbit fresh S lain The re cau gh t


, .

quickly and the rabbit clean Skl n n e d was soon Siz ,


-
,

z l in
g over the blaze o n t he end Of a sharp e ned s t ick .

Kay yah looked up and caught the smiling expres



-

sion o f her eyes ; he spoke quickly as i afraid ,

Of his words and anxious to get rid O f t hem .


JOho na ai has se n t his light across the desert
- -
,


and your eyes have ca ugh t its brightness .

She looked away c o hf u se d and he rose from , ,

the re holding o u t to her the rabbi t o n its s t ick


, .


Hold this he said and I will go for water
, ,
.

She looked abou t for a gourd o r j ar and then re w

membered .


My wa t er j ar lies at the foot o f Ta p au wee
-
-


mesa Sh e laughed
, I Shall come and drin .


N o t all wat erj a
' '

NO he answered grave l y
, rs .

are made Of clay o r woven reeds The E arth moth .

e r has childre n in the deser t a n d k n ows their needs .

Wait here an d rest for you are weary and w e still ,

have far t o gO Look ! The meat ! .



he cried ,

an d laughed t o see her start and j erk t he smoking


rabbit from the ames .


B efore the tree Shadow h as shor t ened a h and s


breadth I shall be b ack he called as he ran t hrough , ,

t he s age toward a little ravine near a t hand Pres .


2 62 L O S T I ND I AN MAG I C .

ently he re turned and in his han d w as a stal k o f


cac t us hollowe d o ut and lled with water .


It is n o t a gourd he smiled b u t wa t er is
, ,

w a t er A n d I hav e brough t other things


. Here .

are p inyon nu t s and ripe berries tha t were growi ng


near the wa t er We shall fare well ; the camp re
.
-

Of a great chief could no t give us bet t er and I ,

wou l d ra t her si t with y o u t han with a great chief ,

he ended br avely and did not look a t S ah n e


,
-
,

f o r he kn ew she was looki n g away from him .

They s a t do w n t o t he desert meal together and


laughed many t im es and talked much They had .

m any t hings t o t ell e ach other and S ah n e lis t ened ,


-

in big eyed wonder at the s t ory Of Kay yah s many


-
-

escapes whil e he in t urn grew red wi t h anger


, , ,

when she spoke o f Wau ko ma an d his cruel words-


-
.


It woul d have been well had my arrow fo un d

his hear t from the rock ledge he cried ; but I shall ,

come back some day t o his mesa t own m y hear t

t ells me I have n o t seen the last o f Ta pau wee o r -



-


Wau kO ma i t s chief
-
-
, .


Wh a t di d t he Old man Tso mean by t he s t range
, ,


words he called as he ran asked S ah n e
?
-
.


I know n o t ; t hey were the words O f o n e whose
m ind wanders A t t im es no man could speak more
.

clearly t h an he bu t a t other t imes he was as a child ;


,

h is t hough t s wou l d follow o n e t hing and t hen ah


2 64 L O S T IND I AN MAG I C

downward They quickened t heir s t eps as familiar


.

landmarks o n e after the o t her began t o appear


, , ,

and Kay yah held his b o w with an arrow o n the



-

string ready t o Shoo t a t any game t ha t might come


t heir way .


N o w can y o u smell t he c amp re s called S ah -

N o, answered Kay yah -


. B u t s t op S ah
,
-
ne ;

look !
A grea t eagl e rose from a nes t in t he S ide Of the
canyon and began S lowly to circle upward S ah n o .

-

stood s t ill and watched the bird bu t Kay yah ,


-
,

wi t h pre t ended seriousness drew back his b o w and ,

aimed s t raight a t t he eagle watching S ah n e f rom ,



-

t he tai l Of his eye Aft er a momen t her eyes left


.

the eagle and came back to him and when Sh e s aw ,

t he arrow Sh e gave a cry and sprang t oward him ,

clu t ching his arm Her face went whi t e and sh e


.

was t rembli ng violen t ly .


Y o u would not S hoot ! You would no t S hoo t !
she cried in a voice tha t sounded s t r ange in her
own c ars .

-
Kay yah l owered t he b o w wi th his eyes o n her
face .


I bu t j es t ed S ah n e N O I woul d not Shoo t
,
-
.
, .

Bu t why d o you t remble Wha t h as caused y o u


?


Such fear ?
PLA C E O F THE WH ITE R O C K 2 65

S he grew more quie t but her fa c e was s l ow in


,

gaini n g i t s normal expression .


It is very b ad medici n e to Shoot an eagle Sh e ,


said an d her voice was still u n steady
, O nce b e .

fore I saw an arrow bring an eagle to the ground



once before .


A n d what followed ? he asked curiously Was .


the evil omen t rue to its n ame ?


I t was the night your father died and mine ,


Sh e answered simply The night the Magic was
.

l o st f

K a yah s manner changed instan t ly and his in



-
y
te n t i n terest was reected in his face .


Tell me he said quietly
, We will Sit here
.

for a moment .


It was nearly dark in t he evening began Sah ,

ne . I had gone up t oward the mouth Of the can


yon for pinyon nuts an d was about to return home
when I s aw an eagle rise from Ah c o My father s

-
.


eagle h e was keeper Of the s acred eagle

.

Kay yah nodded and Sh e continued :


-


I s t ood still an d was watching the eagl e soar
high above my head when an arrow sho t like black
ligh t ning s t raight t oward him and down he came
at my fee t falli n g like a god from the Sky My
, .

hear t came t o my throa t f o r t he omen was bad and


, ,

furv burn ed in my b l ood f o r the o n e who had don e


2 66 L O S T I ND IAN MAG I C

t his It could b e n o Nag apah and I looke d


.
- -
,

toward t he canyon from whenc e t he arrow had



come .


Tso ! brea thed Kay yah ; bu t the low exclama

-

t ion passed u nh eard by S ah n e -


.


An Old man came o u t of the canyon a T O t o ,
-

me he w as I know no t wha t I said t o him for


.
,

my he ar t was h o t with fury He asked for my .

eagle but I would not le t him have it and a t l as t


, ,

he laughed a t me and wen t back int o t he canyon


S haking his head It was dark then and I buried
.

t he eagle in the rocks to keep away the coyo t es


h e w as to o heavy t o carry to Ah co and I marked
-

t he place wi t h a whit e s t one t hinking t o return th e


,

ne xt d ay t ha t my fat her migh t see But I did no t


, .

re turn she broke o ff with a quick brea t h .

K a y y ah was-
leaning forward .


You are sure i t was t he sacred eagle ?

Very sure answered S ah n e
, I knew him -
.

we l l ; we had t ended him f o r many years and also ,


t he red t hong was o n his leg .

Kay yah was silen t a momen t and t hen


-
,


Could y o u nd t ha t place again he asked
? .


The place in the rocks where I buried him ?


Yes he answered
, The place o f t he whi t e
.


ro ck .

Sh e j M p e d up from her sea t by t he t r ail .


2 68 L O S T IND IAN MAG I C

t he t op He fel t tha t his h ands t rembled bu t S ah


.
,
'

n e did no t see ; Sh e watched him curiously .


Why do you Open a place o f res t Sh e asked
? .

Wai t he answered and present ly re ached


, ,

down in t o the S hallow hole he had made and lift e d


o u t a mass o f brown bones and what once had

b een feathers He laid i t carefully o n t he ground


.

and s traigh t ened t he dry bones as much as possible ;


t he red bi t o f t hong s t ill bound the withered t alon ,

and t he grea t wing bones were intact He looked


-
.

a t i t f o r a moment and then with fast beating


,

hear t Sl i p ped a hand in t o t he dus t y m ass under


ei ther wing It seemed as if t he blood s t ood still
.

in his veins as his ngers closed o n a little bag he


fel t under o n e win g He drew i t o u t tigh t clasped
.
,
-

in his hand and rose t o his feet His eyes gleamed


, . ,

and S ah n e wa t ched him with growing amazemen t


-
.

His expression was s t range as he looked a t her and


spoke .


The sacred eagle Was trained t o y a t t he word
o f his master that was known to us He carried

.

messages from the living to those gone before ; bu t


messages he carried also from the living t o the liv
in g I have heard i t said that the s acred eagle was
.

k nown t o y in the direction o f Ta pau wee ; one -


-

message he did no t carry t o its j ourney s end


l ook !
HE D R EW IT O UT , T I GHT C LA S PED I N H I S HAN D
-
S H -N E
A
W AT C HE D
H I M W I TH G RO W I N G A M AZ E M E N T
CHAP TER ! IV

TA G A-
-
M o SPE AK S

Li k e a w o v e n th re ad th e s to r
y an
r ,

We av ing l ive s an d fate s of


th e m en

I n to a b l an k e t o f o n e b ig p l an ;
,

I n to th e p as t an d b ack again .

T was dusk as S ah n e and Kay yah re ache d - -

the camp and many camp re s were burning


,

.

Quick questioning glances were thrown a t them as


,

they passed and sh arp exclamations came as rs t


,

one , and then t he o t her was recognized The men .

rose from t heir places by the res and t ook a few


s t ep s in t heir direction while women looked up ,

from the po t s t hey were t ending brushed back the ,

hair from t heir eyes and broke in t o high excited


,
-

questionings D ogs barked an d s ni ff ed a t their


.

heels and yelped j oyously as they recognized o ld


comp anions .

Kay yah lift ed his hand in gree t ing to many


-

familiar faces but did n o t check his pace and S ah ,


ne, with smiling face bu t weary fee t kep t a t his ,

side N o t ye t did the women know wha t she had


.

27 0
TAG -
A -
M O S PEAK S 27 1

done ; n o t ye t would they accept her as o n e o f


themselves ; but when D ee nay had spoken ah


,

then could she come o u t an d take her place t hen ,

would they know that she was no T o to me spy but -



-
,

Nag apah and heart and soul their sister Nag



- -
,

ap ah in all but in blood and her head drooped


-
,

again a t the thought an d her eyes rested for a m o


men t o n Kay yah th a t she could n ever change
-
.

The medicine lodge was dark and silent and ,

as t hey pushed aside the hide and stepped within ,

K a yah thought it emp t y bu t a voice spoke quick



-
y ;
ly at his step .


Kay yah m y son t he gods have sen t y o u back
-
,

,

t o D ee
And with a brea t h the gray ashes were blown
from t he little re that was all but dead and the ,

t iny ame leaped back into life There was re too .


in Dee nay s eyes as he looked up an d beckoned
-

Kay yah and S ah n e near



-
-
.

Kay yah could n o t speak ; his throat seemed


closed t o sound ; but he held o ut his open palm for


D ee n ay t o see in the light o f the feeble blaze the
-

, ,

obj ect that lay in his hand And then a s t range .

t hing happened The o l d man who was known to


.
,

all for his quiet dignity leaped to his feet like a ,


boy and snatching the Magic from Kay yah s
,

-

hand placed i t o n the alt ar and sprinkled i t wit h


,
27 2 L O S T I ND IAN MAGIC

sacred pollen from a li tt le bag t ha t hung near .

Then he stood in front o f the al t ar and raising his ,

hands high above his head broke int o a str ange ,

chant Kay yah and S ah n e s t anding mo t ionles s


.

-

,

and speechless wa t ched him and l is t ened


, .

aai, th e Wis e , th e good ,


'
Joho n -

M ak e r of th e liv e s o f m e n ,

B ack h as com e thy T alis m an !


F r om th e d e e p e s t h e art o f e arth
F r om th e s ac re d blu e o f sk ie s ;
B ack h as com e th y T al is m an !
D o wn s h all b o w o u r e n e m ie s ;
G re e n sh all gro w o u r h arv e s t fie ld s ;
B ack h as c o m e thy T al is m an !
S t r o n g again o u r b o w an d s p e ar ;
S t r o n g th e t rib e of N ag a p ah
'
- -
.


B ack h as com e th y T alisman !

And ending as abrup t ly as he had begun he ,

s t epped t o the great drum and began to pound on


i t a t rst slowly and softly then more swiftly and
, ,

loudly until t he grea t booming no t es rolled ou t


,

in t o t he quie t camp and at the call every Nag a


,
-

pah sprang t o his fee t and has t ened t o t he medicine


lodge .

And t hen began a nigh t o f feas t ing and danc


in g singing and merrymaking such as never before
,
27 4 L O S T I ND I AN MAG I C

t augh t t he Wi se t hings o f t he elders and wh o h as ,

been proven brave and wor t hy .


It is t he way o f o ur tribe f o r the medicine chief
t o name him who shall come after and h im I

name to you t his night Kay yah who has been



-
,

my pupil for these many seasons ; who is in all bu t ,

b l ood my son I t is he who will s t and where I have


, .

s t ood in the medicine lodge h e who will be chief

among y o u when I am gone If there b e one



.

among y o u who would raise his voice agains t h im ,

speak n ow while D ee nay m ay answer !


,

-

No o n e spoke and Kay yah s t ood red and ho t


,
-

with embarrassmen t looking int o t he many faces


,

raised t o his It was t he cus t om under such cir


.
,
!

cum sta n ce s for t he honored man t o speak t o th e


,

people and Kay yah knew wha t was expec t ed o f


,
-

him but i t seemed f o r a momen t as if his t ongue


,

would refuse t o obey Then some of t he dignit y .

o f t he o l d man who had fathered him descended t o

his shoulders and he spoke sim ply and wi t hou t fear .


The words o f D ee nay are direc t ed by the gods ;
-

when t he t ime comes I shall obey an d shall seek


their counse l in all tha t I do .

And t here was a murmur o f approval among t he


crowd Again Dee nay spoke and drew S ah n e
.
-

,
-

forward .


And here is a daugh t er who has served her pe o
TAG -
A
-
M O S PEAK S 27 5

ple well It was Kay yah w h o returned t o us o ur


.
-

Magic ; but S ah n e aided h im and she has served



-

us in ways u n known to you but known t o me She .

is a true daughter of the Nag apahs and worthy


- -


o f the name I Dee nay have said it

-
.
, ,

And he pushed her ge n tly toward a group o f


women who welcomed her with smiles an d many
,

pleasant words .

All night the people danced and the many res


glowed red Kay yah had ma n y times to rep eat
.

-
, ,

the story of his adventures and small boys and li tt le ,

girls liste n ed with open mouths in astonishment as


he t old of bei n g on the summ it o f Qua ma the -

mysterious Qua ma t he haunt o f the fairy folk



-
,
-

and the women clustered close to S ah n e and heard


-

in wonder her descriptions o f life in Ta p au wee -



-
.

The tw o had forgotten t heir weariness and the ,

n igh t wore o n t oward dawn with no though t o f

res t o r sleep O nly when the res began t o lose


.

their glow in the deeper red o f the sky and the ,

voices o f the singers t o mingle with the calls o f


waking birds did S ah n e suddenly remember that -

she had no t slept for two nigh t s and t hat she was ,

very weary She slipped away from the others


.

and made her way to t he familiar hogan where she


had spen t the grea t er par t o f her life She t hrew .
27 6 LOST IND IAN MAGI C

herself o n a soft pile o f skins and was a sleep almos t


before t hey had yielded to her weigh t .

She awoke suddenly in t he early evening and


l ay listeni n g ; the drums had ceased t he people

were calling with a new excitemen t in t heir voices .

What did it mean She rose quickly and made her


?

way agai n to the crowded gathering place a li ttle


-

girl who had been sent for a j ar o f wa t er t old ex


c ite d l
y tha t the s t ream was growing broader as she
watched ; and in a very short time the village was
empty as every man woman and child ocked down
, ,

to the borders o f the lit t le stream which grew int o a


,

river as the child had said even as t hey wa t ched


,

with wondering eyes .

The girl who had rs t spoken waded o ut int o


t he water and plunged her hands int o t he brown
dep t hs ; she straigh t ened up again with a shril l cry ,

and held asmall obj ec t high for all t o see .


Look wha t I have found ! Look wha t t he

wa t ers have brough t !
I t was a curiously wrough t bracele t o f bone in
which were skillfully set turquoise and o t her brigh t
s t ones a lit t le dulled by the wa t er
, .

A woman pushed her way through t he crowd and


her voice was high and loud with exci t ement .


The t reasure ! The treasure ! she cried T he
.


brace l e t is a par t o f t he t reasure !
27 8 LO S T IND I AN MAG I C

c ape d t he arrow o f Chot zu and was alive an d -


,

working in the in t eres t o f their friendship The .

though t lifted an oppression t ha t had lain heavier


t han he had been aware .

The sun shone red agai n s t t he canyon walls and ,

the people o f Ah c o t urned with j oyous faces back



-

toward home ; bu t t he strange happenings were no t


ye t a t an end f o r as they t urned toward t he vil
,

lage a man a t t he rear o f the crowd shou t ed


Quick bro t hers ! Your arms ! Look ! t he enemy
,


comes from t he canyon !

A n d as t hey t urned with s t artled faces a large ,

par t y o f To to mes emerged from t he mouth o f


-

-

the canyon and came direc t ly t oward t hem ; but at


t he appearance o f panic among the Nag ap ahs
- -
,

t hey stopped laid down t heir arms and held each


, ,

man his righ t hand above his head t o signify t hat


,

t hey came in peace The people o f Ah c o stood .



-

s t ill and wai t ed for t heir approach with wonder in


t heir hear t s s t range things had happened si n ce

t heir Magic had been re t urned to its altar t he night


before bu t this was t he strangest o f all t o see To
,

t o mes approaching with signs o f peace


-
.

The approaching p arty was led by an o ld man ,

who t owered above t hem and walked with t he rm


t read and dignied bearing o f a born leader As .

many o f t he Na g apahs recognized t his man with


- -
,
TAG -
A
-
M O SPEAK S 27 9

low murmuring o f his name D ee nay stepped f o r ,


-

ward and awaited his coming a f e w feet in fron t o f


his people When they were within easy speaking
.

distance o f each other Tag a mo for it was he -



- -

who led the T o t o mes stopped and the tw o men


-

- -
,

stood f o r a mome n t gravely regarding each other


in silence D ee n ay was the rst to speak
.
-

.


You come in peace Tag a mo he ques t ioned ,
-

-
.

I come in peace D ee ,

They were silen t for a moment and then D ee ,

nay again spoke



.


The years have then rolled back tha t is strange

it has been long since To t o me has looked upon -



-


Na g apah in peace
- -
.


The faul t has not been with me D ee nay bu t ,
-

,

with another m y heart has n ever changed t oward


you and if the old days come again t hen am I



,

glad .

Intent and eager s t ood t he Nag apahs watch -


-
,

ing with curious eyes these men they had so long


regarded as deadly enemies who now returned their ,

gla n ces with friendly looks an d a curiosi t y as inten t


as their o w n .

True to his race Tag a mo did no t a t once ex ,


-

-

plain t he purpose o f his mission bu t waited for ,

the f riendly bearing o f his men t o impress the


N a g ap ahs and t o give t hem t im e t o regain t heir
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280 LO S T I ND I A N MAG I C

assurance He s t ood quie t ly a t perfec t eas e an d


.
, ,

his eyes dwel t o n the swelling s t ream t ha t n o w over


ran its b anks He waved his arm t oward the water
. .


The rains have n o t been heavy ye t the waters ,

rise he said and his eyes had as t range gleam in


, ,

them as he looked a t D ee nay -



.


O ur Magic ag ain res t s o n i t s ancien t al t ar s aid ,

D ee nay a t rie s tify


-

.

A sligh t smi le came t o T ag a mo s lips -


-
.


The ma gic t ha t loosed t he wa t ers dwells at t he

other end o f the stream brother , .


I s i t so ? s aid D ee nay And was it t o t ell
-

m e t his t ha t you come t o Ah c o '-

T ag a mo again grew grav e


-

-
.


I come seeking t he chief o f my people he said , ,

an d folded his arms quietly .


D ee n ay s mann er grew cold and he spoke
-
,

s hor t ly .


Wau ko ma is no t here O ur hear t s are as
-
-
.
,


y o u know n o,t warm f o r Wau k o ma -
-
.


I t is n o t Wau ko ma t ha t I seek m y words
-
'-

s hal l b e c l ear t o y o u when I have spoken Wau .

ko m a is no l onger chief o f the T o t o mes it is


-
- -

o f another I speak t he t rue chief o f my people



,

h e who was called Al che sa by his mo her but


y
- -
t ,


w h o is cal l ed by ano t her name among you r people .


Y our wo rds hav e l it t l e m e aning for me again ,
CHAP TER ! V

TH E C H IN -
DO G H O WL S
0

P ath l e s s as th e se a; no w ay m ark e d d w ;
o n

Th e d e s e rt s an d no trail un c o v e re dk p ee s .

H e re m an y a h ap l e s s trav e l e r d e ath h as f o un d ,

A nd m id th e d e s o l ate was te s f or
g o tte n s e e l p s.

EE NAY looked a t Kay yah and back


-
-

again a t T ag a mo -
-
.

M ake clear yo ur words he said briey ; I ,


like n o t mysteries .

Kay yah stood as if carved in stone H ad his


-
.

ears deceived him Wha t was the meaning o f the


?

strange words spoken by Tag a mo ? His eyes -


-

sough t S ah m e who s t ood pale and s t ill some dis



-
,

tance away with her dark eyes xed o n Tag a mo s


,
-
-

face His hear t bea t fas t as he lis t ened in t ense


.

expec t ancy for t he words o f t he To t o me w h o -


-
,

n o w spoke slowly and wi t h grea t delibera t ion .


My heart is f o r actions more t ha n for words ,

ye t words are needed here and t he t elling may ,

no t be made brief f o r i t holds t he lives of men



.

And he folded his arms slowly and l ooked calmly


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2 83

i n to the man y questionin g faces t urned t oward him .

F e w o f the N ag apahs u n derstood his words


'
- -
,

bu t t hey realized from the attitude of D ee nay -


an d Kay yah tha t matters o f great importance


-

were being discussed an d t hey eagerly awaited the


moment whe n D ee n ay would speak to them in
-

their o wn tongue ; but Tag a mo a n ticipated this -



-

expectan cy an d his next words and all that fol ,

lowed were spoke n in clear o w in g Nag apah


,
-

- -

which was understood by most of the men who


were with him .


Ma n y years ago he began a son came t o the
, ,

hogan of Tap awan greatest o f all T o to me


- -

,
-

-

chiefs h e who was k n own as Eagle Wings b e


-

cause o f the white wi n g mark that sho n e o n his -

cheek whe n in a n ger Great was t he j oy at the .

comi n g o f this so n for it was feared that another


would rule at the death o f E agle Wings and in ,

my tribe the son rules when the fa t her is go n e .

N o t long after this s o n was born Tap awan was - -


killed in battle an d his wife died also o f grief at


, ,

his death ; but before she died she placed about the
neck of A l che say her you n g son a little bag con
- -

, ,

tai n i n g the hereditary ri n g of all the T o to me -


-

chiefs He was at that time under tw o years o f


.


age.

D ee nay stood like a tall tree motionless his


-

, ,
284 LO S T IN D I A N MAG I C

whi t e head gl ist enin g in the l a t e su nl igh t and h is ,

b ur ni ng eyes xed o n Tag a mo s face Nag a -



-

.
-

p ahs and To t o mes alike seemed t o hold their


-
-

b rea th bu t t he eager expectancy o f the crowd had


,

t he e ff ec t o nl y o f making Tag a mo more d e lib -


-

e ra t e more calm
, H e s t ood silen t for a momen t
.

before con t inuing his strange narra t ive s t range in

what i t promised to reveal .


There l ived a t this t im e a sister t o T ap awan
, ,
- -

,

whos e husband was dead a sis t er and her son ,

Wau ko ma It was he whose rule t he people h ad


-
-
.

feared before t he bir t h o f A l che s ay f o r Wau ko -



,
-

ma though young was t hen as he is n o w m y


, ,

words need say no more f o r Wau ko m ais known ,


-
'-

t o you This sister came t o t he hogan where A]


.

che say was being tended and said she would t ake
-

t he care o f him and there was no o n e w h o could


t urn her away She took t he child and t ended him


.

wi t h wha t seemed kindness she and an o ld nurse

name d Lee t ah who had been her nurse in child



-

hood and t he nurs e o f t he child als o B ut very


, .

soon t hos e who p assed heard wailing in the hogan


and t hey were no t permit t ed t o ent er as Na kee ,
-
'
,

th e mo ther o f Wau ko ma s aid tha t A l che say


-

- - -
,

wa s very il l wi t h t he spo t ted sickness and t ha t it

wa s dea t h f o r any t o en t er Prayers were made .

f o r him and many dances a


, n d ceremonials in t he
286 L O S T IND IAN MAGI C

Nag -
apahs !
T he woman Na kee
-
mo t her o f -

,

Wau ko ma had des ired always t h at her son should


-

-
,

rule and i t w as grief to her tha t a so n was born


,

t o T ap aw an b u t when t he gods pu t tha t so n


- -

in her power her j oy was grea t B u t t he gods sho w .

anger t o o n e who would take t he life o f a chie f and ,

she f eared t o kil l A l che say O ne nigh t when - -



.
,

there was no moon she pu t t he child in t o t he arms ,

o f L ee t ah t he o l d nurse

-
Take the child in t o
, .

t he hills she said where t here are bears and great


,

ca t s ; place him upon t he ground and wa t ch from


some safe place until y ou can return an d t ell me
t ha t Wau k o m a is chief of the To to mes Take
-
-
-
-
.

food and do n o t re t urn while t he child lives his

b lood wil l t hen b e upon t he beas t s and no t wi t h ,

9
us
The woman Lee t ah t ook t he child for sh e
-
,

knew tha t if she did n o t obey her l ife sh ould pay ,

and another would go in her s t ead S he crep t o u t .

o f T a pau wee and t hough t tha t no o n e s a w her



- -

go bu t o n e followed a medicine man o f t he


-


t ribe b y name Tso

.

Kay yah gave a lo w exclama t ion bu t i t p assed


-
,

u n heeded by t he others .

T s o followed and when he s aw the burden th a



t
,

t he woman carried he questioned her ; f o r they were


f riends Wi t h fear in her hear t t he wom an to l d
.
,
THE CHIN D O G H O WL S -
2 87

h im her errand and after some thought he spoke


of ,

to her The child mus t be saved but his life would


.

not be safe if he re t urned to Ta pau wee the fol -



-

lowers o f Na kee are many ; I have a plan that is


-

bet t er f o r a time at leas t He shall be placed



.

with good people w h o shall love him as their o w n ,

and when he is o ld enough he will re t urn to his own


people and claim what is rightfully his I will .

make known to Tag a mo an d others what I have


-

-

done and we will wa t ch his welfare and tell him


,

when the time shall come Wait here in a safe .

place o n t he moun t ain un t il I retur n and Na kee ,


-

will believe that y o u have do n e as she commanded .



He took the child and j our n eyed with him to
Ah co f o r he had heard of tw o there who greatly
'
-
,

desired a son which had not been granted them by


t he gods As he carried the chi ld he noticed abou t
.

i t s neck a li tt le bag suspended by a thong ; a bag


tha t he him self skilled in such things had made
, ,

and presented t o Tap awan the chief He was - -



.

glad t he bag was there for the child would need ,

the s t ro n g protection of the medicine he did no t


do ubt that i t cont ained .


Al che say he left j ust within the doorway o f
- -


t he hogan o f Qua h i da the Nag apah -
-
,

- -
.

There were shar p exclama t ions at this s t range


288 LO S T I ND I AN MAGI C

informa t ion and quick ques t ioning gl ance s we re


,

t hrown at Kay yah ; bu t Tag a mo con t inued :


- -

-


About his neck remained t he li tt le b ag pl aced
t here by his mother before she died and t ha t lit t le ,

bag contained the heredi t ary ring o f a



l l t he T o
t o me chiefs
-


Umph ! exclaimed D ee nay and th e e x cl am a -

,

t ion expressed much .

The blood in Kay yah s veins s eemed t urned to



-

re and a strange mis t sw am before his eyes ; bu t


,

Tag a mo his gl ance passing far over the he ads


-
-
,

o f those before him s p oke calml y o n


,


Tso re t urned quickly to where t he woman L ee
t ah awai t ed him o n t he moun t ain Thre e days had .

he been gone and her heart had almos t failed her


,

as she watched f o r his re turn ; bu t o thers also


wa t ched her sen t by Na kee who wished all t race
,
-

,

o f her crime des t royed and as t hey sa w aman speak


,

wi t h Lee tah Wau ko ma and two warriors


-
,
-
-

sprang from t he rocks and after ashor t gh t threw , ,

rs t Tso and then t he woman over t he edge o f the


cli ff o n which t hey s t ood F ar down in t o the c an
.

y o n t hey fell s t ruck t


, he rocks and lay s t il l .


The woman w as dead and t he men ret urned t o
t ell Na kee wha t t hey had done Tso t hey also
-

.

t hough t de ad and he remained f o r l ong as o n e in


,

t he las t sleep Bu t he w as no t dead and o n e c am e


.
,
290 LO S T IND IAN MAG I C

your hear t rem ains wi t h us of t he Nag ap ah al so


- -
.

I have said t hat y o u shall be chief when I am gone



and the word o f D ee n ay has never re t urned t o -

his mouth Tha t being so then you shall be chief


.


o f bo t h To t o mes and Nag apahs His eyes
-
-
- -
.


ashed as he again t urned to T ag a mo I t is -
-
.

thus that the gods fulll old prophecies Tag a mo ; ,


-

-

i t is thus t ha t we planned many years ago you and ,

I when t he dream showed lit t le chance o f coming


,


t rue I t is thus the Magic works !
.

A t t he men t ion o f t he Magic Tag a mo l ooked ,


-
-

though t ful .


Many years Wau ko ma planned t o s t ea l t he -
-

Magic o f the Nag apahs and at on e time was very


- -
,

condent that he had secured it as word came from ,

G 6 me who lived among your people t ha t ano t her



-
, ,

day would brin g the Magic to Ta p au wee ; bu t i t -


-

did no t come a n d grea t was o u r surprise t o hear


,


t hat i t had been los t from Ah c o -
.

Kay yah who had been s t anding silen t ly b y


-
,

D ee nay n o w spoke f o r the rst time


-

, .


There is reason in wha t G o me said The
-
.

sacred eagle o f Ah c o had been t rained to carry


-

messages t o Ta pau wee as i t may be t ha t you -


-

know T ag a mo I t was t o have carried the Magic


,
-
-
.

also bu t was sho t by Tso o f whom you have spoken


, , ,
THE C HIN D O G H O WL S -
29 1

and buried in t he rocks by S ah me adaughter o f


-

your people
He s t opped short ; a new thought had e n tered his
mind and the blood rose to his face He turned .

slowly and looked back into the crowd to where


S ah n e stood her cheeks burni n g and her eyes

-

shining They were o f o n e blood he and she


.
, .

Tag a mo spoke very gravely now


-

-
, .


A l che say born chief o f my people I come to
-

-
, ,

ask tha t y o u take your place as ruler o f the T o t o -


mes even as was your father before you It is



.

the wish o f your people that you return to Ta


pau wee ; they have many reasons for wishing that

-

you come They desire to show you kindness for


.

the way in which y o u were so lately trea t ed there


when t hey though t you an en emy and a spy an d

also t heir hearts are weary o f wrong and lawless


ruling I Tag a mo have been sent to ask th at
.
,
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y o u will come Wha t is the answer


. that I t ake

back ?

Kay yah hesi t a t ed and t here was trouble in his



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face as he spoke .


Wha t o f Wau ko ma he asked
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Wau ko ma is here he said


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A wave o f suppressed excitement swep t over t he


crowd as the second par t y of To to mes came t o -
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ward them ; bu t any suspicion or uneasiness t ha t


may have been among the N ag apahs w as silenced
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when it was seen tha t with the excep t ion o f t he


,

t wo m e n who walked ahead o n either side o f Wau


ko ma all were unarmed
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When they neared t he .

edge o f the crowd the voice o f D ee n ay broke th e -


t e n s e silence T aking Kay yah by t he arm h e


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s t epped to the side o f T ag a mo and wi t h awide -



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gesture tha t i n cluded all about him he sai d



Come bro t hers ! The shadows o f the c anyo n
,

grow long ; we will go to the be tt er shel t er o f Ah


co .

And withou t seeming to be conscious o f i t To ,

to mes and Nag apahs mingled as t hough o f o n e


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t ribe as t hey accomp anied t he n e w chief and t he


o l d medici n e men t o the Nag apah camp t he
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guards wi t h Wau ko ma bringing up t he re ar


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.

Hal t ing in the wide level space before t he medi


cin e lodge t he grea t gathering formed a circle and
,

waited f o r wha t was to follow As t he people gr ew .

silen t acommo t ion arose a t a poin t in the edge o f


,

the crowd and a momen t la t er a whi t e haired o l d


,
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man forced his way t hrough t he circle and hobbled


across t he open sp ace t oward K ay yah -
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the e x pression o n t he face o f the o l d To t o me -


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medicine man showed plainly t hat he had already


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known all that Tso had spoken H e n o w raised a .

hand as a sign al an d the men who guarded W au


ko ma brough t him forward in t o the cent er o f t he
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circle .

All remained silen t as the deposed chief now ,

captive o f his own people was brough t before them


, .

No trace o f the struggle and violen t anger th at


must have ensued when he w as made a prisoner n o w
remained o n the features or in the bearing o f Wau
k o ma but a xed sullen expression that held the

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brutal face thi n ly masked the inner desire f o r de ad


,

ly retaliation agai n st all those about him S ome .

thi n g of that i n ner hatred was clearly visible t o


Tag a mo and as he thought of the treachery
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W au k o ma had revealed in his secret dealings


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with the vicious t ribe of desert pirates he was glad ,

t hat his days o f evi l were soon t o be br ought to


an end .

With arms bound t o his back he s t ood motion ,

less wit h a poorly assumed air o f indi ff erence


, ,


where his guards had placed him ; and in t o Kay
yah s mind ashed t he pic t ure o f the crowd that had

gathered abo u t him as he had stood bou n d be fore


W au k o ma on t he nigh t o f h is captivity in the To
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to me camp
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Again he could hear t he low e x cla
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mat ion o f Tag a mo as he had looked so in t ently


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at him B e ta atsi n b e ta atsin T hat mystery


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was solved n o w ; an d h