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The Little Spring Peepers and Big Lumpy Toad

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By Waylon Goodleft

MHA Times Correspondent

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Here is a story that use to scare me when I was little. Today when I see big lumpy toads it sends chills up my spine.   I often tell it to younger ones to scare them, but to no avail they don’t seem to be scared now days.  I like this story, it’s funny and straight to the point.

This story was the Muppets back in its day. The little spring Peppers and Big Lumpy Toad is taken from “Traditional Narratives of the Arikara Indians.” Volume 4, page 568. It goes like this:Pg3 Graphic

“And now when a group of little spring peepers was sitting on the bank, when they were sitting on the bank of a pond of stagnant water, there was the croaking sound of their singing. Then one of them spoke when it came to the edge of the bank. Then they became frightened. Then they jump into the water.

Then the little spring peepers splashed into the pond of stagnant water.

One asked, “Why are all of you not singing?”

“No.  He might kill us.  He might kill us.”

And so they became frightened of Lumpy Toad.

And here it was Lumpy Toad! Then they came back up to the surface. They began to sing. This is what they sang:  “When spring peepers are croaking, and when someone comes to the edge of the pond, why, then they dive into the water.” Their lyrics are, “When we are singing and when someone comes to the bank, then we jump into the water. Then they jump into the water.  Lump Toad said, “Be careful.  I might, finally kill you.”

That is what Toad said: “I might kill you.”

Why, they were so tiny, it was not known how he would kill them if he caught them.  When spring peepers are croaking, and when some comes to the edge of the pond, why, then they dive into the water.  And so that was the end. They had already danced and they did not want him to kill them. “Toad might kill us.  He’s so big.  He’s really lumpy.  He’s really lumpy.”

So they became afraid of him.  They became afraid of Toad.

Now the Gut went in.

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