los Kiowas sont une nation amérindienne qui vivait essentiellement dans les plaines de l’ouest du Texas, de l’Oklahoma et de l’est du Nouveau-Mexique à l’époque de l’arrivée des Européens. Voici leur conte : Sendeh cheats the soldier (en).
Sendeh was going along. He met someone who he had never seen before.
They both stopped, and Sendeh greeted him. He said, « I do not
know you, but I think I have heard of you. You are the man who cheats
everybody. » Sendeh answered, « Yes, I am he who cheats,
but I have left my Medicine at home, about four hills away. So I
cannot cheat you. » The man said, « That makes no difference.
If you are the one who cheats, you can cheat me without your Medicine. »
I cannot cheat you without my Medicine, I wish I had it, I would
cheat you. » Sendeh said to the soldier, « If you want me
to cheat you, loan me your horse and I will go and get my Medicine
and come back and cheat you. » So the soldier said, « All
right, I will loan you my horse, but you must come right back with
your Medicine. » So Sendeh got on the horse. As he rode off
he secretly punched him so he balked. Sendeh said, « This horse
won’t go. Maybe he is afraid of me. Loan me your hat. »
The soldier gave him the hat. Sendeh punched him again, the horse balked.
« This horse is afraid of me. Lend me your coat. » Sendeh
got on the horse. He punched him secretly again and turned back
and told the soldier he might as well let him have his blanket.
« I think it would be well to give me your quirt. » « All
right, here is the quirt, too. Make haste, get your Medicine and
come back and show me you can cheat me. » The horse went forward.
Sendeh looked back and said, « Soldier, I have already cheated
you. I have all your things. I have no Medicine. Now you go on your
way, and I will go mine. »