Buzzard and Blowfly Make a Wager (Hupa Stories, Anecdotes, and Conversations, text #7)
- a bet
- they made.
A long time ago, before people came down to earth, Buzzard and Blowfly made a bet with one another.
Blowfly said, "Which of us will be the first to see something rotten lying somewhere?"
Buzzard said, "I will be the first to see it!"
"No!" said Blowfly, "it's I who will be the first to see it!"
Shortly after that, they set off.
They were going along somewhere.
Blowfly went inside; he saw a deer lying dead and went in through its nose.
He hadn't been inside long when he saw Buzzard flying around in the sky.
Buzzard looked down and thought, "There is something lying dead - I think I'll go down there! Nobody is around."
Then he flew down.
As soon as he had sat down, he began to eat that dead deer lying there.
After he had sat eating for a long time, [he saw ...]
[...] he saw Blowfly - saw him emerge from the deer's nose!
He said to him, "When did YOU get here?"
And Blowfly replied, "Me, I've been around here a long time now, and now that I'm full I'm going home."
And so it came about that Old Buzzard lost his bet.