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Loon Woman

by Gerald Musinsky
A peculiar brother/sister narrative regarding incest taboo. Loon Woman discovers her lost brother and the two run away together. She wishes to have intercourse with him but he rightfully refuses, heedless of her threats of creating an all consuming fire. The family flees to the sky world, but one child dare look back and the entire family plunges into the fire. Loon Woman gathers their hearts and strings them into a necklace. Upon her demise, the members of her brother's family are restored.

[West Coast, Modoc, Shasta Wintu]


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