So, a young man of the
tribe, thinking he would become the best trapper now, went to the man
and paid him 4 horses for the secrets to being such a successful, respected
The old man built a fire
in his lodge and sat for many hours teaching the young man what to do.
He said, “You must respect the animals you wish to take. You must
thank the animals whose fur you use. You will have to learn the habits
of each one, how they live, where they eat, when they bear their young.
You must become the animal.”
After listening many hours,
the young man thanked the elder and set about readying his gear for
the trapping season which was fast approaching. Pretty soon, he set
off into the woods and mountains to become the best trapper ever.
Springtime came and one
day the young man came dragging not much more than a long face back
into the village. He had few furs, he was hungry, tired and very disappointed.
The old man saw him coming
and couldn’t believe his eyes. His methods had ALWAYS worked!
He approached the young man and said, “Ho friend, what has happened
that you have so few furs?”
“The trapping was
terrible,” said the young one. “I found no animals. I have
only a few furs.”
do what I had told you?” exclaimed the old man.