Well, after the wonderful reaction I had to my little tale about Yellow Cloud, I though perhaps you’d like to hear more about him and his friends and family, so here’s another ‘Yellow Cloud’ story:
Now, Yellow Cloud had a wife called Little Honey; and Little Honey had two friends, White Dove and Laughing Water. Although the women were always the very best of friends Yellow Cloud was often amused by the petty jealousy they displayed towards each other over the smallest of matters, such as who had the best teepee and who had the finest buckskin robes…
One day Laughing Water’s husband brought her a new deerskin to cover her bed. Of course, White Dove had to go one better and so she henpecked her husband, Little Pony, into going hunting for a buffalo hide to cover her own bed; the thick woolly fleece of the buffalo was so much more comfortable than the thinner fur of a deer’s hide. But Little Honey had to go one better still… she pestered her husband into sending away to Africa for a hippopotamus hide, which she’d heard had magical powers of fertility.
Soon after that, White Dove discovered she was pregnant and after the usual interval, she gave birth to a bouncing baby boy… Not to be outdone, Laughing Water and Little Honey also became pregnant, and eventually Laughing Water also gave birth to a healthy baby boy, but Little Honey gave birth to twins, which, she said, just goes to prove that the sons of the squaw on the hippopotamus are equal to the sons of the squaws on the two other hides.