The Legend of The Bluebonnet

The Legend of The Bluebonnet

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  • For a long time, the Comanche people struggled through a drought that killed many of their people. They did not understand why the spirits had done this and danced and prayed for rain to come for three days, but nothing changed.
  • Drought and famine had left the Comanche with very few children. One of the surviving children, named She-Who-Is-Alone, sat by herself watching the dancers. She held a warrior doll made from buckskin. On its head, were brilliant blue feathers from the bird who called jay-jay-jay. It was the last thing that she had from her family, and she loved it very much.
  • As the sun set on the third day, the shaman returned and spoke. He told the Comanche that he had heard the spirits and that they saw that the Comanche were selfish because for years they had taken from the Earth and had given nothing in return. The spirits said that the Comanche must make a sacrifice and give a burnt offering of their most valued possession among them. 
  • The Comanche discussed their possessions and tried to figure out what they must sacrifice. Everyone, that is, except for She-Who-Is-Alone. She held her doll tightly and spoke to it.  "You," she said."You are my most prized possession." "You are what the spirits want." She knew what she must do.
  • After all the tepee flaps closed and everyone was asleep, she ran to the place on the hill where the great spirits had spoken to the shaman. "Oh great spirits, this is my warrior doll. It is the only thing that I have left from my family that died in this famine. It is my most valued possession please accept it." 
  • The next morning, she woke up on the hill and saw beautiful flowers, as blue as the feathers on the bird that calls jay-jay-jay, coming from all sides.  When the people came out of their tepees, they knew that this was a sign of forgiveness. They sang and danced to thank the spirits, and a warm rain began to fall and give life back to their land. The little girl was then known by the name One-Who-Dearly-Loved-Her-People.
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