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Minnehaha, the daughter of a Blackfoot tribe hunter, said to the buffalo herd, “Oh, if you would only come over the cliff, I would marry one of you.”

She was surprised that they responded and tumbled over the cliff to provide food for her people. But she was carried away by the elder buffalo to be his bride.

Her father searched for her and was stampeded to death. Minnehaha cried and asked the magpie to find a piece of her father’s bones. The magpie found one, and Minnehaha chanted a song that brought her father to life.

The buffalo chief said, “If you teach that song of restoration to us, we’ll sacrifice ourselves to feed your people.” Then they taught her their sacred Buffalo Dance.

— Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth (1988), pp. 75-78

Enjoy the legend with coffee!

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  • Cagey
    Cageyabout 4 years ago

    Super stuff Arla. Thanks for sharing the legend and the wonderful work above.

  • Thanks very much, Kurt … things to do while snowbound. :D

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Lynn Bawden
    Lynn Bawdenabout 4 years ago

    Great capture and accompanying text, Arla~Lynn

  • Thanks, Lynn!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • ducilla
    ducillaabout 4 years ago
    A most understood bird Arla!..Don’t see too many Magpies on the site?..Great text to accompany the image. Merry Christmas to you and yours and thanks for being a friend!…Dennis
  • They are hard to catch.

    Thanks very much, Dennis – and happy holidays to you!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeabout 4 years ago

    Magical work. Gorgeous creation. I grew up with these birds and always loved their pert attitudes and their clever ways.

  • Thank you so much, Bunny!
    I enjoy watching these wicked marauders;
    they are such a challenge to capture in motion.

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Emma  Wertheim
    Emma Wertheimalmost 4 years ago

    Love this!

  • Thank you, Emma!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

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