Raven Tales: The Gathering (Book 12)
By Raven Tales
The First People return to their village, which has been destroyed by the great flood. They struggle to work, but days go by but they make little progress by themselves. After many days they are exhausted and hungry with much still to be done. Frog reminds them that they have many friends, they just need to call on them. Q'os calls to Kulos, who helps them to rebuild their homes. Gwai calls to the Sea Wolf, who brings them food from the sea. Still they find they are falling behind, trying to take care of the kids and rebuild. Frog reminds them of Dzunakwa, who comes to take the children into the forest. They begin to make progress, but fall is coming too fast. Frog suggests that they ask the animals of the forest. The people are skeptical, but they call out to the animals who come from out of the forest and begin to help the people rebuild. Just as the first snow begins to fall they are finished and one by one they say goodbye to their friends. The animals look on and begin to slink back into the forest, assuming they will not be thanked. At this, Raven steps forward and asks them all to stay. There is so much food and they have warm homes and the animals have had no time to ready themselves for winter. We must celebrate this time, says Frog, and the people agree happily. They celebrate the first Potlatch by giving gifts of food to the animals.