the Woman Chief
At the beginning of time when America was new, a woman chief named Godasiyo
ruled over an Indian village beside a large river in the East. In those
days all the tribes spoke one language and lived in harmony and peace.
Because Godasiyo was a wise and progressive
chief, many people came from faraway places to live in her village, and
they had no difficulty understanding one another.
At last the village grew so large that half the people lived on the north
side of the river, and half on the south side. They spent much time canoeing
back and forth to visit, attend dances, and exchange gifts of venison,
hides, furs, and dried fruits and berries. The tribal council house was
on the south side, which made it necessary for those who lived on the north
bank to make frequent canoe trips to consult with their chief. Some complained
about this,and to make it easier for everybody to cross the
rapid stream, Godasiyo ordered a bridge to be built of saplings and tree
limbs carefully fastened together. This bridge brought the tribe close
together again, and the people praised Godasiyo for her wisdom.