IN THE beginning we Hidatsa [and] Crow were one and the same people. It was the Sun who spoke. Who were his companions I do not know; he had companions, it is said. "Come, of what tribe are the best-looking women, do you think?""Why, the Hidatsa are the ones that have the best-looking women, I think.""Now I'll marry, I think. I want to have a wife, that's why I ask you. If it is so, I shall marry a young Hidatsa woman. Then who, I wonder, is the most efficient suitor?" A porcupine spoke: "Why, my elder brother, my gift of speech is the best gift I have. If you hire me for courtship, I'll do it without trouble.""Well then, all right, now you shall go.""That will I," he said and set out.
These Hidatsa had a chief, his child was a young woman. This chief had a sister. This child of his, and his sister were about the same age. "Let us go, let us do quill-work; here it is hot, let us go away among the trees; in the shade there we'll do quill-work." They went. They entered the wood; a species of willow tree was leaning over, in its shade they did quill-work. They were passing the time embroidering without disturbance. Wherever he came from, the porcupine was by this leaning tree. "Comrade, look at that porcupine. Keep still, I'll catch it." This chief's daughter was the one who said it. She climbed the tree. Whenever this young woman got to the porcupine, he kept on going higher. Nevertheless she followed him. This paternal aunt of hers said: "Why, comrade, already you have gone exceedingly far. Turn back, come, stop.""No, I'll catch it."1 When this young woman's paternal aunt looked at her comrade she was dim [unrecognizable]; at last she no longer saw her. Then the Sun took her and carried her off. As she was coming, one white tipi was there. There she went, she came, she got there. Outdoors she stood still. "Come inside here, daughter." She came in. It was an old woman. This one inside was staying without anything____________________