November 11, 2009
This is a fictious mountain that I made up for this quilt. I thought about how we used to go hiking around Lookout Mountain...and there would be different faces of the mountain that people would call a name based on what that rock face reminded them of. I read a folk tale about how Rattlesnake Fools Coyote, it so spoke to me about my own mountains in my life right now.
The story starts out where Coyote invites Rattlesnake over for dinner. Rattlesnake accepts the offer.
The next day Rattlesnake arrives for dinner. Rattlesnake comes up the sidewalk rattling his tail. He arrives at Coyote's front door and knocks on the door. Coyote answer the door and Rattlesnake rattles his tail.
"Hi ssss Coyote." Rattlesnake greets Coyote.
"Come in Rattlesnake,". says Coyote.. Rattlesnake slithers around the edge of the room rattling his tail. He slithers all the way around the room till the door is opposite to where he rest.
Coyote tries to stay just as far back from Rattlesnake as politely possible. Rattlesnake continues to rattle his tail, which makes Coyote very uncomfortable.
Coyote asks him to make himself comfortable. "I've made a nice pot of Rabbit Stew for us".
Rattlesnake rattles his tail. and hiss, "I don't undersssstand that kind of food"
Rattlesnake says, "If you could get me the pollen of corn flowerssss, thisss is the kind of food I understand.."
Coyote goes out to find the corn pollen, leaving Rattlesnake waiting in is house.
When Coyote returns the Rattlesnake rattles his tail, and tells the Coyote to just place the corn pollen on the tip of his nose.
Coyote very carefully tries to split his body into two parts...where his hand almost seems dislocated from the rest of his body. He then sprinkles the pollen on the snakes nose very quickly. Rattlesnake shakes his tail..
Rattlesnake asks, "Coyote could you put more on my nosssse ssso I can find it."
Coyote contorts himself yet again and holds his breath and puts more of the corn pollen on the snakes nose. The Rattlesnake takes his long tongue and licks all the pollen off his nose.
"Thanks Coyote I am quite full. You ssshould come to my house tomorrow for dinner." the Rattlesnake says as he slithers around the room, rattling his tail and exits out the door.
To be continued.
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