25. The Foolish People Imitate the Crow
There were many of them encamped on a flat.
Their chief spoke thus:
"Friends: come here!"he said to them.
They were very obedient.
"There is to be a council! All of you who are men come here!"he said, shouting.
Just the men hurriedly came together
The sun had set [but] one could still see that there were many.
Their chief spoke to them.
"Friends: at twilight, when you have intercourse, make a noise like the crow." he said to them.
Then [the council] was over.
They went back.
Twilight had come.
Then, just at that time, some crow called.
[Then] from all their camps on the flat together, the voice of the crow was heard1
To remark, in pointed context about the crow's call, is a jest understood by all Apache on the Mescalero