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How Corn Came To Be
Native American - Choctaw Story
retold by Sanjit

Sanjit, Oban's nephew

A long time ago, two boys went hunting with their bows and arrows. They were looking for small animals like squirrels or deer, but they walked for hours without seeing any. They started to get hungry.

Suddenly they saw a blackbird sitting in a tree. They shot the bird with an arrow and then made a fire so they could roast and eat it. They planned to hunt again after they’d eaten. The smell of the roasting meat was delicious and the boys got more and more hungry.

Just as the bird was ready to eat, a woman walked out of the trees towards them. She wore a long, white dress and had flowers in her hair. The boys were startled and a bit frightened of the woman as she walked up to the fire. “I’m very hungry” she said to them.

The boys had been taught to respect women so they took the cooked bird off the fire and offered it to her. The woman took it. “Thank you” she said. “You’re welcome” said the boys. Then the woman sat down near the fire and ate every bit of the meat on the cooked bird. The boys stared at her. By now they were very hungry, but they didn’t say anything.

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