WÎSAHKÊCÂHK AWAKES TO THE CITY

After a long sleep, wîsahkêcâhk woke. “Things weren’t the same,” they thought. The air didn’t feel the way it used to, things didn’t sound like before, but they placed their hand on the land and could still feel the beat of mother earth’s heart so they weren’t too worried. As they emerged from the cave where they slept, they were struck by what they saw on the horizon. wîsahkêcâhk noticed nistes kihew perched above, and yelled “What are those things over there? They are like no mountains I have ever seen” as they pointed to the horizon with their lips. nistes kihew turned to the horizon and then back to wîsahkêcâhk laughing he said, “Where have you been? People pay a lot to live in those concrete boxes now, and sometimes they pay a lot more to not live in them.” Puzzled, wîsahkêcâhk asked, “Why would anyone want to live there? You can’t even feel the land beneath your feet when you’re so high up in the air! What do our relatives call those things?” Still laughing, nistes kihew responded, “condos” and with that word he flew off. Perplexed, wîsahkêcâhk transformed from a maskwa into a human form, and began walking to the city to see what they’d been missing out on.