On Drowning a GrasshopperIn the beginning, death did not exist. Everyone and everything lived eternally on earth, until the earth became too full. The Great Chiefs knew that something must be done, so they called a counsel to decide. One man said, "We should let people die and be gone for a little while only, and then they should return to us." Coyote said, "No, we should let people die forever. The earth is so small. There will never be enough food and we will starve."On Drowning a Grasshopper by corvuscreative
The Great Chiefs did not want their friends and families to die forever, for all happiness would die with them. They decided. Death would only be for a little while. They built a great grass house; and it was here that life would return. By the songs, the sprits would arrive with the wind. Death would end. So they waited.
A father died soon after. So they gathered in the great grass house and sang, sad but comforted that soon the father's spirit would return to his body. When Coyote heard the singing, he ran to beg them to stop. "The earth is t