Academic journal article The Journal of Chickasaw History and Culture

Why June Bug Flies So Badly

Academic journal article The Journal of Chickasaw History and Culture

Why June Bug Flies So Badly

Article excerpt

y^haloklowa ' Imissap (June Bug) has always been a pest.

He would start thinking about someone and his mind would fill up with questions he wanted to ask them. So, that's what he would do.

One morning he woke up thinking about Yanash (Buffalo), so off June Bug flew - zzzzzzzzzip! - straight to Buffalo's home in the field.

As soon as Buffalo awoke, June Bug started flying all around him and asking questions. "Why do you have a beard? Why is your hair so shaggy? How did you get humpbacked? Can you feel it when I touch your horns like this? Why does your tail have hair on the end?"

On and on he went.

Buffalo had enough and snorted and stomped his feet on the ground until the ground shook and it sounded like thunder!

June Bug got scared then and flew away quickly - zzzzzzzzzip!

Then June Bug thought about Kowishto' (Panther), so off June Bug flew - zzzzzzzzzip! - straight to Panther's home in the trees.

And as he began flying all around Panther, June Bug kept asking questions. "Why do you stay in the trees when you're not a bird? Are you bird? Why do you have a tail? Can you hang from it like Possum or is his tail better than yours? …

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