One day, when the children were grown, Tlatlasolle
announced that it was time to return them to their parents.
It took them under its wings, where they held tightly to
the big feathers. Whoosh! Away they flew up into the air
and down from the mountains into the valley. Herdsmen ran
terrified when they saw the enormous bird whirring overhead
like a thundercloud. Tlatlasolle sang songs for the children
as it flew toward their village. At last, they recognized
the trees and houses, and there the birds swooped down and
alighted in the middle of the village. The people had all
run away, of course, but gradually the braver ones came
back and asked the children who they were.
“We are Mamasilo’s children,” they responded.
The village people called Mamasilo. And when she came
out of her hut, very much aged and sad with loneliness,
she could not believe her eyes. But she recognized her children
even though they were now quite big.
That night the village chief ordered a feast to celebrate
the engagement of his eldest son, who had immediately fallen
in love with Mamasilo’s daughter. She looked so big and
healthy and well shaped and she had learned so many things
during her life in the mountains that the chief decided
it would be a good idea to marry them. The big bird Tlatlasolle
magically provided all the food for the party. Of course,
you can guess how happy Mamasilo and her husband were!
by their sweet words, the horned man agreed to give
his daughters to the hyenamen. But supper was on their
minds, not marriage.
foolish father’s mistake
When anybody asks you to tell a story, tell them: “Tonight.”
Never tell stories in the daytime, for that would be very
dangerous. Do you now know the story of the man who foolishly
agreed to tell a story in broad daylight, and do you know
what happened to him? He grew horns, big black horns.
Now this man had two beautiful daughters, and from
time to time young men would come to ask for the girls’
hands in marriage. But as soon as they would see the man’s
horns, they would burst out in roaring laughter and, shrieking,
make remarks to one another such as: “Look, above the ears
he is a billy goat!” or “Have you got hooves as well?”