A young man was once hunting and came to a steep hill. The east

side of the hill suddenly dropped off to a very steep bank. He

stood on this bank, and at the base he noticed a small opening. On

going down to examine it more closely, he found it was large enough

to admit a horse or buffalo. On either side of the door were

figures of different animals engraved into the wall.

He entered the opening and there, scattered about on the floor, lay

many bracelets, pipes and many other things of ornament, as though

they had been offerings to some great spirit. He passed through

this first room and on entering the second it was so dark

that he could not see his hands before his face, so becoming

scared, he hurriedly left the place, and returning home told what

he had seen.

Upon hearing this the chief selected four of his most daring

warriors to go with this young man and investigate and ascertain

whether the young man was telling the truth or not. The five

proceeded to the butte, and at the entrance the young man refused

to go inside, as the figures on either side of the entrance had

been changed.

The four entered and seeing that all in the first chamber was as

the young man had told, they went on to the next chamber and found

it so dark that they could not see anything. They continued on,

however, feeling their way along the walls. They finally

found an entrance that was so narrow that they had to squeeze into

it sideways. They felt their way around the walls and found

another entrance, so low down that they had to crawl on their hands

and knees to go through into the next chamber.

On entering the last chamber they found a very sweet odor coming

from the opposite direction. Feeling around and crawling on their

hands and knees, they discovered a hole in the floor leading

downward. From this hole came up the sweet odor. They hurriedly

held a council, and decided to go no further, but return to the

camp and report what they had found. On getting to the first

chamber one of the young men said: "I am going to take these

bracelets to show that we are telling the truth." "No," said the

other three, "this being the abode of some Great Spirit, you may

have some accident befall you for taking what is not yours." "Ah!

You fellows are like old women," said he, taking a fine bracelet

and encircling his left wrist with it.

When they reached the village they reported what they had seen.

The young man exhibited the bracelet to prove that it was the truth

they had told.

Shortly after this, these four young men were out fixing up traps

for wolves. They would raise one end of a heavy log and place a

stick under, bracing up the log. A large piece of meat was placed

about five feet away from the log and this space covered with poles

and willows. At the place where the upright stick was put, a hole

was left open, large enough to admit the body of a wolf. The wolf,

scenting the meat and unable to get at it through the poles and

willows, would crowd into the hole and working his

body forward, in order to get the meat, would push down the brace

and the log thus released would hold the wolf fast under its


The young man with the bracelet was placing his bait under the log

when he released the log by knocking down the brace, and the log

caught his wrist on which he wore the bracelet. He could not

release himself and called loud and long for assistance. His

friends, hearing his call, came to his assistance, and on lifting

the log found the young man's wrist broken. "Now," said they, "you

have been punished for taking the wristlet out of the chamber of

the mysterious butte."

Some time after this a young man went to the butte and saw engraved

on the wall a woman holding in her hand a pole, with which she was

holding up a large amount of beef which had been laid across

another pole, which had broken in two from the weight of so much


He returned to the camp and reported what he had seen. All around

the figure he saw marks of buffalo hoofs, also marked upon the


The next day an enormous herd of buffalo came near to the village,

and a great many were killed. The women were busy cutting up and

drying the meat. At one camp was more meat than at any other. The

woman was hanging meat upon a long tent pole, when the pole broke

in two and she was obliged to hold the meat up with another pole,

just as the young man saw on the mysterious butte.

Ever after that the Indians paid weekly visits to this butte, and

thereon would read the signs that were to govern their plans.

This butte was always considered the prophet of the tribe.