The Bird Men
The story of Naraoapee and the Bird Men, who dressed as birds, but were not real birds.
There was once a band of traveling people known as the Bird Men, who dressed as birds, but were not real birds. It’s not known from the stories the elders told around the fires each night where they came from. They simply were there, when before, they were not.
Each year during the time of the great hunt which took many weeks, Tassasoit, the great sachem chief and the warriors of the village would leave their homes and return with enough meat to last the village for many seasons.
Each year came the Bird Men, who dressed as birds, but were not real birds. They would protect the women, the children, and the village while the warriors were away and be given a share of the meat from the great hunt when they returned. This went on for many generations.
Tacamasset, the great sachem chief had a daughter called Naraoapee. Scohatin, the medicine man of the village had eyes for Naraoapee, but she did not have eyes for him. For many seasons, Scohatin tried without success to negotiate marriage terms with her father, Tacamasset, the great sachem chief.
Scohatin devised a scheme to make off with Naraoapee while the warriors were off hunting. He would take her to another village and claim her as his. When Tacamasset, the great sachem chief and the warriors returned from the great hunt, Scohatin would be far away in a land they would not find. Naraoapee would be his.
The warriors were now away for the great hunt. It was time for Scohatin to act on his plan. He took Naraoapee and lay her across his horse. Before he could ride away however, the Bird Men, who dressed as birds, but were not real birds arrived.
Upon seeing how Naraoapee struggled and cried out, they knew she was being taken against her will. Bird Men, who dressed as birds, but were not real birds confronted Scohatin. They would not let him take Naraoapee.
Scohatin however was a very powerful medicine man. He cast dark magic upon the Bird Men, who dressed as birds, but were not real birds. They began to shrink and grow feathers. Beaks grew from their faces. Their arms became small wings, and their feet became as that of a bird.
The Bird Men, who were now real birds, emerged from beneath now empty clothes that lay piled upon the ground. They flew around as real birds do, some landing on the branches of trees as they thought on what happened to them. Scohatin, now feeling safe from all who would stop him, once again took the still struggling Naraoapee, and began to leave the village.
The Bird Men, who were now real birds swept down upon Scohatin and began to peck at him with their beaks and claw at him with their feet. Scohatin tried to swat at them with his hands, but they were too fast.
Finally, to escape The Bird Men, who were now real birds, Scohatin used his dark magic and made himself very small as to hide. The Bird Men, who were now real landed in the grass and began to search.
The Bird Men, who were now real birds poked at the dirt all day but never found Scohatin. The Bird Men, who were now real birds still seek him to this day.
So, when you see birds in your yard poking at the ground in search of something, perhaps they are simply birds in the search of food, or perhaps they are actually the Bird Men, who are now real birds and still looking for Scohatin after all these years.
About the author
My stories come in the form of vivid dreams. The challenge is putting them to words. I'm medically a retired navy veteran and nurse, world traveler, artist, lecturer, and past journal reviewer with 5 ferrets who keep me very entertained