Yellow Cloud was not feeling well, so he decided to visit the medicine man. The medicine man sat him down, looked deeply into his eyes, shook a rattle and hummed a song over him for a few minutes, finally ‘slapping’ his face with the feathers which were attached to the end of the rattle; then he cut a thin, metre-long strip from a piece of buffalo hide, and gave it to Yellow Cloud, saying, “Eat a bite of this every day and come back and see me when it’s all gone!”
Obediently, a little over a month later, Yellow Cloud again visited the medicine man’s teepee. When the medicine man saw him he said, “Little Big Man! My heart soars like a hawk!”
But when Yellow Cloud said, “No Grandfather! It is I… Yellow Cloud…” he said, “Oh, it is you… I remember you…” Then after an awkward moment’s silence, he said, “How are you feeling now?”
“Doctor,” said Yellow Cloud, “The thong is ended, but the malady lingers on!”
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