|Once, long ago, a meadowlark made her nest in some tall prairie grass. She lived there quite happily
with her three children. Although her sons were almost grown, they had not yet passed their flying tests.
One day, as
the little family was resting at home, a large rattlesnake came and laid down in a circle, near the nest.
saw this, the mother bird became very afraid.
want the snake to know this, however, so she acted like she had invited him for dinner.
She then sent
her eldest son to fly and borrow a kettle, in which to prepare a delicious meal, for their guest. This was the
young bird's first solo flight, but he flew away very well.
While he was
gone, the meadowlark entertained the snake with talk of the weather and gossip about some of their neighbors.
When her first
son did not return, the meadowlark sent her second boy out asking to look for his older brother. He also flew away,
and did not return.
Now, all of
this was taking quite a while and the snake was beginning to become very restless.
worried about her children's safety, sent out her youngest son, Hakela ( which means younger brother ), and told
him to search for the two other children. Of course, when he flew away.......he did not return.
When the mother
bird was certain that all of her children had flown safely away and were out of danger, from the snake, she spread
her wings and called out to the snake.
waiting for someone to cook you a meal, Mr. Snake!" and with that she flew away.
snake was completely tricked.