The Crow

A long time ago, Crow was a beautiful bird.
He had a good singing voice.

Crow was very proud of himself.
He would fly around and show off his beautiful feathers.

The other birds tried to talk to him
but he wouldn’t pay any attention to them.

One day, Inkdomi, in the form of Eagle,
wanted to say something to Crow.
But Crow wouldn’t have anything to do with him.

That made Eagle angry at Crow.
Eagle said, “I will take away your beautiful voice
and change the color of your feathers.”

Eagle flew high into the air
and then flew down towards Crow.
As Eagle came close to Crow, Crow’s feathers turned black
and he lost his beautiful voice.

To this day, the crow is black and its voice sounds funny.


Blue Talk, Richard. 1978. The Indian Reading Series: Stories and Legends of the Northwest. Educational Systems, Inc. Beaverton, Oregon.

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Section 4: Curation

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Magpie Counting Rhyme

One for sorrow,
Two for mirth,
Three for a wedding,
Four for a birth,
Five for rich,
Six for poor,
Seven for a witch

I can tell you no more.

—English counting rhyme

(Savage, 1995)

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