A young woman, a virgin, who lived at Kintcuwhwikut used to make baskets by the riverside.  After a time she became pregnant.  She wondered
about her condition for she had not even seen a man.  She gave birth to a girl and took proper care of it.  When the child was quite large the mother
made baskets by the river again.  She became pregnant a second time.  This time she gave birth to a boy.  She hated it and never took care of it.  The
girl tended her little brother.  After a time the mother was to be married and started to her husband's house taking the little girl with her.  She dropped
the boy, baby-basket and all down a steep bank by the trail.

"Come along," she said to the girl.  "No," she said.  She cried for her brother but the mother went off and left them both.  The sister, seizing the
baby-basket by the bail, dragged it up the hill and back into the house.  When at night they lay down to sleep the girl said, "I wish when we wake up in
the morning we would be lying in a blanket and something to eat would be by our heads."  When they woke in the morning they found themselves
covered with a blanket and food was lying by their heads.  They always did that way.  When the boy became large his sister said, "I wish, my brother,
when we wake tomorrow morning a string of dentalia would lie at our heads."  In the morning it was there.

They always made wishes that way and they afterwards came to pass.  After a time he began to run about.  One night the sister said, "I wish when we
wake up in the morning we would find a bow and arrows at our heads."  In the morning they were there.  Then they went hunting and he killed birds.  
Finally he became a man and killed deer.  The girl was now a woman.  They filled their house with dried meat.  Then the boy fished and they dried the
fish and stored them away.  When their house would hold no more they made cribs of hazel.

They filled ten of these with provisions.  All this time they saw nothing of their mother.  One night the girl had a dream.  The next morning, the young
man, who now slept in a sweat-house, came in and said, "I dreamed there will be a famine."  "I, too, dreamed that," said the sister.  For several years
there was a famine.  The people about began to starve.

One morning the sister thought she heard someone moving outside.  She looked out and saw a woman who said, "Here take your brother."  She took
it and carried it in.  Then she took in another and another until she had taken in ten children which had been born to her mother.  Last of all the
husband came in.  "I have come back," said the mother, "these your brothers were about to starve."  "Poor things," thought the girl, "I had better hurry
and feed them."  She fed the smallest one and told the others to eat as fast as they could.  She was afraid of the young man, her brother.

When he came back at night he brought in a deer.  "I am glad my boy," said the woman, "for I am going to eat tonight."  He did not even look at her,
but turned around and went out.  All the next day he stayed in the sweat-house without food.  The following evening the girl went to the sweat-house
entrance and said, "Come and eat."  "No," he said, "gather up your things.  I have found our father, he has come for us.  Soon he will push a stick
under our house."  The girl went back to the house and made a quantity of soup that they might all have plenty to eat.  When the rest were asleep she
emptied down some acorns and buried some salmon under the earthen floor.  At midnight the father pushed a stick under both the house and
sweat-house and they went of their own accord under the water.  There their father, a water sprite, lived.

The next morning when the other woke up they saw they were lying without a house to cover them.  The woman looked about but saw nothing left.  
Then she began to din in the wood-room where she found acorns and salmon buried.  She knew her daughter had done that for her.
By The River She Made Baskets

A Hupa Legend
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Dug From Ground

A Hupa Legend
An old woman was living with her granddaughter, a virgin.  The girl used to go to dig roots and her grandmother used to say to her, "{You must not
dig those with two stocks."  The girl wondered why she was always told that.

One morning she thought, "I am going to dig one," so she went across the river and began digging.  She thought, "I am going to take out one with a
double stock."  When she dug it out she heard a baby cry.  She ran back to the river, and when she got there she heard someone crying "mother" after
her.  She jumped into the boat and pushed it across.  When she got across, the baby had tumbled down to the other shore.  She ran up to the house and
there she heard it crying on that side.  She ran into the house, then she heard it crying back of the house.  At once she sat down and then she heard it
tumble on the roof of the house.  The baby tumbled through the smoke-hole and then rolled about on the floor.  The old woman jumped up and put it in
a baby basket.  The young woman sat with her back to the fire and never looked at the child.

The old woman took care of the baby alone.  After a time it commenced to sit up and finally to walk.  When he was big enough to shoot, the old
woman made a bow and he began to kill birds.  Afterward he killed all kinds of game; and, because his mother never looked at him, he gave whatever
he killed to his grandmother.  Finally he became a man.  The young woman had been in the habit of going out at dawn and not returning until dark.  
She brought back acorns as long as her finger.  One time the young man thought "I am going to watch and see where she goes."  The young woman
had always said to herself, "If he will bring acorns from the place I bring them, and if he will kill a white deer, I will call him my son."  Early one
morning the son saw his mother come out of the house and start up the ridge.  He followed her and saw her go along until she came to a dry tree.  She
climbed this and it grew with her to the sky.  The young man then returned saying, "Tomorrow I am going up there."  The woman came home at night
with the usual load of long acorns.

The next morning the man went the way his mother had gone, climbed the tree as he had seen her do, and it grew with him to the sky.  When he
arrived there he saw a road.  He followed that until he came to an oak, which he climbed, and waited to see what would happen.  Soon he heard
laughing girls approaching.  They came to the tree and began to pick acorns from allotted spaces under it.

The young man began to throw down acorns.  "That's right, Bluejay," said one of the girls.  Then another said, "It might be Dug-from-the-ground.  
You can hardly look at him, they say, he is so handsome."

Two others said, "Oh, I can look at him, I always look at this walking one (pointing to the sun); that is the one you can hardly look at."  He came
down from the tree and passed between the girls.  The two who had boasted they could look at him, turned their faces to the ground.  The other two
who had thought they could not look him in the face were able to do so.

The young man killed the deer, the killing of which the mother had made the second condition for his recognition as a son.  He then filled the basket
from his mother's place under the tree and went home.  When the woman saw him with the acorns as long as one's finger, she called him her son.

After a time he said, "I am going visiting."  "All right," said the grandmother, and then she made for him a bow and arrows of blue-stone, and a shiny
stick and sweat-house wood of the same material.  These he took and concealed by putting them under the muscles of his forearm.

He dressed himself for the journey and set out.  He went to the home of the immortals at the edge of the world toward the east.  When he got to the
shore on this side they saw him.  One of them took out the canoe of re obsidian and stretched it until it was the proper size.  He launched it and came
across for him.

When he had landed, the young man placed his hand on the bow and as he did so, the boat gave a creak, he was so strong.  When they had crossed he
went to the village.  In the middle of it he saw a house of blue-stone with a pavement in front of black obsidian.  He went in and heard one say, "It is
my son-in-law for whom I had expected to be a long time looking."

When the sun had set there came back from different places ten brothers.  Some had been playing kin, some had been playing shinny, some had been
hunting, some spearing salmon, and others had been shooting at a mark.

Eagle and Panther were both married to daughters of the family.  They said to him, "You here, brother-in-law?"  "Yes," he said, "I came a little while
ago."  when it was supper time they put in front of him a basket of money's meat, which mortal man cannot swallow.

He ate two baskets of it and they thought he must be a smart man.  After they had finished supper they all went to the sweat-house to spend the night.  
At midnight the young man went to the river to swim.  There he heard a voice say, "The sweat-house wood is all gone."  Then Mink told him that men
could not find sweat-house wood near by, but that some was to be found to the southeast.

They called to him for wood from ten sweat-houses and he said "Yes" to all.  Mink told him about everything they would ask him to do.  He went back
to the sweat-house and went in.  When the east whitened with the dawn, he went for sweat-house wood as they had told him.  He came to the place
where the trail forks and one of them turns to the northeast and the other to the southeast.  There he drew out from his arm the wood his grandmother
had provided him with and split it fine.

He made this into ten bundles and carried them back to the village.  When he got there he put them down carefully but the whole earth shook with
shock.  He carried a bundle to each sweat-house.  They all sweated themselves.  He spent the day there and at evening went again to the sweat-house.  
When he went to the river to swim, Mink met him again and told him that the next day they would play shinny.

After they were through breakfast the next morning, they said, "Come, brother-in-law, let us go to the place where they play shinny."  They all went
and after placing their bets began to play.  Twice they were beaten.  Then they said, "Come, brother-in-law, play."  They passed him a stick.

He pressed down on it and broke it.  "Let me pick up something," he said.  He turned about and drew out his concealed shinny stick and the balls.  
Then he stepped out to play and Wildcat came to play against him.  The visitor made the stroke and the balls fell every near the goal.

Then he caught Wildcat, smashing his face into its present shape, and threw the ball over the line.  He played again, this time with Fox.  Again he
made the stroke and when he caught Fox he pinched his face out long as it has been ever since.  He then struck the ball over the line and won.  The next
time he played against Earthquake.

The ground opened up a chasm but he jumped over it.  Earthquake threw up a wall of blue-stone but he threw the ball through it.  "Dol" it rang as it
went through.  Then he played with Thunder.  It rained and there was thunder.  It was the running of that one which made the noise.  It was then
night and he had won back all they had lost.  There were ten strings of money, besides otter skins, fisher skins, and blankets.

The next day they went to shoot at the white bird which Indians can never hit.  The others commenced to shoot and then they said to their guest,
"Come, you better shoot."  They gave him a bow, which he broke when he drew it.  Then he pulled out his own and said, "I will shoot with this
although the nock has been cut down and it is not very good."  They thought, "He can't hit anything with that."  He shot and hit the bird, and dentalia
fell all about.  They gathered up the money and carried it home.

The Hupa man went home to his grandmother.  As many nights as it seemed to him he had spent, so many years he had really been away.  He found
his grandmother lying by the fire.  Both of the women had been worried about him.  He said to them, "I have come back for you."  "Yes," they said, "we
will go."  Then he repaired the house, tying it up anew with hazel withes.  He poked a stick under it and away it went to the end of the world toward
the east, where he had married.  They are living there yet.
Hupa Legends