The weasel, Sihkooseu, once played a
bad trick on the Bitter Spirit,
Wesukechak. That is why they are not
The important chief Bright Nose,
Wastasekoot, of the Swampy Cree tribe,
had a lovely daughter who was admired
by many chiefs who wished to marry
her. Though she loved one of the
chiefs, here father decided to hold
a council and the first chief to guess
her secret name could marry her.
She agreed because she thought that
the only one who knew her name was
the one she loved.
Bitter Spirit decided to enter the
contest with everyone else. Since
he did not know her name, he made
a plan to discover it. He went to
the old net maker, the spider, and
asked him to call on the girl and,
by some trick, discover her name.
He climbed a tall tree, spun a long
thread, and floated on it until he
neared the camp of the chief with
the beautiful daughter. Then he
floated down onto the top of the
chief's wigwam, peeped down, and
saw the father and daughter talking
about the contest, and heard the
chief whisper to his daughter,
"Nobody will ever guess that your
secret name is For-ever-and- ever."
In this way, the Spider discovered
her name. He was very pleased with
himself at learning this so soon,
and set off to tell his friend.
Spider walked many days through
the forest because there was no
suitable flying wind. He began to
worry that he would arrive back
too late. Then he saw the weasel
and begged his help. He asked
Weasel to hurry and tell Bitter
Spirit the girl's secret name and
But as Weasel started running, he
began to think things over and
decided to use the information for
himself instead of telling it to
Bitter Spirit as he had promised.
The more he thought about this, the
more he liked the idea.
Weasel went to the chief's camp
where the guessing contest was being
held. One by one, the guessers failed.
Since the girl's suitor knew her
secret name, he felt safe and did
not go early, so Weasel was there
before him. When Weasel's turn came,
he told the chief that the girl's
name was For-ever-and-ever.
The chief was amazed and the
daughter fainted. Being honorable,
the chief accepted Weasel as his
son-in-law-to-be and set the date
for the marriage.
Weasel was very happy, so happy
that he forgot about his mean trick.
The spider finally reached home and
asked Bitter Spirit when his
wedding was to take place.
Bitter Spirit replied that he did
not go to the council, since he did
not have the name in time, but he
had heard that Weasel had won the
Spider was very angry and told
Bitter Spirit what really had happened.
Bitter Spirit became very angry and
told the girl's father about it.
Then the chief became angry with
Spider for listening and with Weasel
for his trick. He decided that they
were all at fault and his daughter
could choose for herself.
The happy girl did so.
Weasel heard that he was to be
punished, so he ran away. He ran
and ran. Even today, he stops and
listens and trembles, as though
Bitter Spirit is still chasing him.