Badger then went up and
made the hole larger so the people
could go through. When he crawled outside the Badger closed his
eyes, but the rays of the sun struck him and blackened his legs and
made a streak of black upon his face. He went back down and said:
"Mother-Corn, I have received these black marks upon me, and I
wish that I might remain this way so that people will remember that
I was one of those who helped to get your people out."
"Very well," said Mother-Corn, "let it be as you say."
She then led the way out, and the people rejoiced that they were
now upon the open land. While they were standing there in the
sunshine, Mother-Corn said: "My people, we will now journey
westward toward the place where the sun sets. Before we start, any
who wish to remain here--such as the Badger, Mouse, or Mole--
may do so." Some of the animals decided to return to their burrows
in the earth; others wanted to go with Mother-Corn.
The journey was now begun. As they travelled, they could see a
mountainous country rising up in front of them. They came to a
deep canyon. The bluff was too steep for the people to get down,
and if they should get down, the opposite side was too steep for
them to climb. Mother-Corn asked for help, and a bluish-grey bird
flew up, hovering on rapidly beating wings. It had a large bill, a
bushy crest and a banded breast. The bird was the Kingfisher.
"Mother-Corn," it said, "I will be the one to point out the way for