Coyote was walking on the road, he only thought of eating. It had been several days since he had swallowed anything, and he was so distressed by his sad fate that he was sobbing, his head buried in his arms.
His stomach made noises like boiling water, and he had a headache. And suddenly, where the sumac grows, he saw big clusters of red berries! Coyote, all excited, threw himself on it. But just when his hand touched them, he remembered a conversation he had had with the Old Sage. In one of their many discussions, Coyote asked, "Tell me, Old Sage, where does this land come from?" Was it given to us by the ancestors? ". And the Old Sage replied, "Of course not, Coyote. We borrowed this land from our great great great great grandchildren. You have to be careful because it belongs to them. To remind us, the children of the future have placed large clusters of red berries where sumac grows. These berries belong to them, so even if you're starving, you shouldn't touch them. They are there to remind us that this Earth belongs to children who were not born.
"But we did it happen, wise old man, if you eat them? "
And the Old Sage replied: "I'm sorry Coyote, but if you eat these berries, your behind will collapse".
That's what Coyote remembered when his hand touched the berries. He stopped to think a little. Sweat ran down his forehead, and he said to himself, "I always knew that the Old Sage was an idiot. What does he know? He's just trying to keep the berries for himself. Besides, I don't see how I could owe something to people who weren't even born. "
And so Coyote ate the berries. He ate as much as he could, as quickly as possible. And he felt good! He looked behind him, and his behind was still there, he hadn't collapsed! He burst out laughing, very loud, and continued on his way, jumping.
He hadn't gone very far as his stomach started to hurt horribly. And it was there that he got diarrhea, first just a small net and then afterwards, a real torrent! Coyote was sick, sick as he had never been. He felt terrible. He thought of the children who were not yet born, and he thought of the Old Sage, and he was very embarrassed. Coyote walked to the river, drank some water, then went to hide in the bushes. He did not want anyone to know that he had forgotten the children who were not born, or that his behind had collapsed.
An anonymous American Indian history.