Women and Wild Animals - Author Notes Part IIPosted November 04 2012
I have never tired of telling LOK SNOWEDJAS and learning about the story. My first encounter with it was in Strand Bookstore, where I saw a book of Moduc
tales printed in 1904, in the wrong area and bought it - because when I opened it, I read the first line of a tale, " LOK SNEWEDJAS was a woman during the day but at night she became a bear." it was the final story that I chose at that time. I phoned up Ron Evans, a Chippewa-Cree Keeper of the Talking Stick who was living in North Carolina at far from the reservation where he grew up in Saskatchewan. He was building a boat in Barbara Freeman's (a storyteller) driveway far from any water.
He called me back collect later that day and we spoke for three hours. I told him the story. He listened. I asked about meanings and symbols. He never explained anything to me. But he kept telling me stories, other stories, anecdotes about his life and being trained to be a storyteller or being in the bush with old hunters. I was a bit
frustrated, having always in the back of my mind my seemingly seering questions.
Finally I asked, "why do you think I chose this story?" He said, "You did not choose
the story. This story has chosen you." Getting a bit nervous I said, "Perhaps I should not be telling this Native myth." He laughed and commanded, "It chose you.
You have to tell it now. Don't be impatient or you will gather a dust storm."