Mukumik! Mukumik! Mukumik!





Pauppukkeewis was a harum-scarum fellow who played many queer tricks,

but he took care, nevertheless, to supply his family and children with

food. Sometimes, however, he was hard-pressed, and once he and his

whole family were on the point of starving. Every resource seemed to

have failed. The snow was so deep, and the storm continued so long,

that he could not even find a partridge or a hare, and his usual

supply of fish had failed him. His lodge stood in some woods not far

away from the shores of the Gitchiguma, or great water, where the

autumnal storms had piled up the ice into high pinnacles, resembling

castles.



"I will go," said he to his family one morning, "to these castles, and

solicit the pity of the spirits who inhabit them, for I know that they

are the residence of some of the spirits of Rabiboonoka."



He did so, and his petition was not disregarded. The spirits told him

to fill his mushkemoots or sacks with the ice and snow, and pass on

towards his lodge, without looking back, until he came to a certain

hill. He was then to drop his sacks, and leave them till morning,

when he would find them full of fish.



The spirits cautioned him that he must by no means look back, although

he should hear a great many voices crying out to him abusing him; for

they told him such voices would be in reality only the wind playing

through the branches of the trees.



Pauppukkeewis faithfully obeyed the directions given him, although he

found it difficult to avoid looking round to see who was calling to

him. When he visited the sacks in the morning, he found them filled

with fish.



It happened that Manabozho visited him on the morning when he brought

the fish home, and the visitor was invited to partake of the feast.

While they were eating, Manabozho could not help asking where such an

abundance of food had been procured at a time when most were in a

state of starvation.



Pauppukkeewis frankly told him the secret, and and what precautions to

take to ensure success. Manabozho determined to profit by the

information, and, as soon as he could, set out to visit the icy

castles. All things happened as Pauppukkeewis had told him. The

spirits appeared to be kind, and told Manabozho to fill and carry. He

accordingly filled his sacks with ice and snow, and then walked off

quickly to the hill where he was to leave them. As he went, however,

he heard voices calling out behind him.



"Thief! thief! He has stolen fish from Rabiboonoka," cried one.



"Mukumik! Mukumik! take it away, take it away," cried another.



Manabozho's ears were so assailed by all manner of insulting cries,

that at last he got angry, and, quite forgetting the directions given

him, he turned his head to see who it was that was abusing him. He saw

no one, and proceeded on his way to the hill, to which he was

accompanied by his invisible tormentors. He left his bags of ice and

snow there, to be changed into fish, and came back the next morning.

His disobedience had, however, dissolved the charm, and he found his

bags still full of rubbish.



In consequence of this he is condemned every year, during the month of

March, to run over the hills, with Pauppukkeewis following him,

crying--



"Mukumik! Mukumik!"





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