IAGOO, a friend of old Nokomis, made a bow for Hiawatha.
He made the bow from a branch of ash; the cord was made of deer-skin. The arrows he tipped with flint and winged with feathers.
Then he said to Hiawatha: "Go, my son, into the forest, where the reindeer herd together, and kill for us a deer with antlers."
Hiawatha walked very proudly into the forest with his bow and arrows.
As he passed, the birds sang, "Do not shoot us, Hiawatha!"
The squirrel laughed and chattered, and said, "Do not shoot me, Hiawatha!"
But he did not seem to hear them; he was thinking only of the red deer.
Hidden in the bushes, he waited until the deer came.
He waited until he saw the antlers lifted, and the two shining eyes.