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Burnt Belly

by Gerald Musinsky
An unlikely hero tale. He is ridiculed because of his poverty and begging food from the woman he desires to wed. Burnt Belly meets a man-of-the-sun who instructs him on how to become a great warrior. Following this, Burnt Belly takes scalps, and repels an enemy attack thus saving the village. The woman does not recognize him as Burnt Belly and wishes to marry him. He then reveals his identity to the astonished and penitent village.

[Plains, Pawnee]


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