As the story goes, or so I am told, a young roadrunner was disappointed because he really wanted to compete with his ceremony team but his team was not there. He alone was the only one. He was sharing his sadness with his friends who happened to be coyotes. [To those who may be thinking that coyotes and roadrunners are mortal enemies, remember that Uncas and Meh-Ukwa were at one time as well.] Now a wise Coyote mom was nearby and heard the young roadrunner’s lament and she had a deviously cleaver thought. She looked at her young coyote son and asked simply, “Son, what position do you play?” The young coyote son replied, “I play Nutiket, the Guard” This wise coyote mother smiled to herself and with the mischievous thought still rolling through her mind, turned to ask her coyote son’s friend … “and what part do you play?”. “Allowat Sakima, The Might Chief,” the coyote friend replied. Again this wise coyote mom, a smile now gracing her face, turned to the young roadrunner and asked, “What is your part in this competition?” to which the young roadrunner replied with a smile, “Kichkinet”. Suddenly the 2 coyote friends and their new roadrunner friend, felt an energy envelope them for they had realized, they need only find one more person to complete their circle. Suddenly the river spirit appeared to them and, being a friend to all, they made quick inquiry of this young river spirit, if she would be willing to be Meteu. Being a cautious spirit, she replied, “Let me review the lines and I will let you know in a couple of hours.” Now, in the ears of the 2 coyotes and 1 roadrunner, this answer was as good as a “Yes”. So off went the river spirit to review the lines while the 3 friends smiled and knew what they had to do. “We need to find her some regalia.”, said one … “We need the props.”, said another, and another said, “My mom is on the way, let me call her.”, and off they went to fulfill their quest.
Low and behold an elder from another clan was made aware and she responded, “I have a jingle dress, belt and moccasins she can wear. A jingle dress is a medicine dress and it will fit her perfectly.” The 3 friends were most grateful and replied with much celebration and gratitude. Next was to find a bow, bow string and arrows … Who or where would they find a bow and bow string they wondered? They asked about the gathering and a young warrior from another lodge said they had one the friends could use. They gladly accepted and again were most grateful to the young warrior.
They were resourceful in their search and had found all that they needed so they set about preparing to teach the river spirit her role. They soon realized their friend from the Fiesta was there and was wise and experienced in playing Meteu. They asked him to help them prepare her for the role and went off to find the river spirit to so they could practice. Now mind you, the river spirit has not really said yes so to say she was slightly overwhelmed would be an understatement but she, in good humor agreed, and they found a quiet place to practice.
After very little sleep and much excitement, they awoke the next morning and began their preparations. At 10am they appeared before the elders to present their play. They giggled and smiled as they described their adventure with the elders and the elders were impressed with their attitudes and spirit and that they, these 2 coyotes, 1 roadrunner and a river spirit would come together in the waning hours of the night to compete. And so it was that these 4 new friends presented before the elders and stood respectfully before them to hear the words of wisdom that would be spoken following their presentation.
While watching the elders share their wisdom with the 4 friends, the Great Spirit whispered in the minds of two elders from the lodge these young friends belonged to and they quickly shared this thought with Fiesta who was the wise and experienced Meteu. Fiesta made quick inquiry of the 2 coyotes and 1 roadrunner and asked if they would like to perform this same ceremony as an advanced team to which they replied in the affirmative with much excitement. And so they presented again before the elders, using the wisdom that was shared with them from before and then again stood respectfully before the elders to hear the wisdom that would be shared.
What is the moral of this story? When servant leaders, come together and do not let naysayers and obstacles block their vision and they subordinate their desires for the greater good, they can accomplish great things and have fun doing it.
Written by Selynda Noland