Way back in the world everything was peaceful. It was always sunny outside, and all the animals were never grumpy or depressed. Instead they were happy and cheerful. The animals barely had to work at all. All there food was brought by the Great Spirit who ruled in all the land. One day Brother Bear was wandering around the forest in search of some food. Unfortunately Great Spirit had passed a law that no creature is allowed to harm another creature. And by this law Brother Bear had a less chance of finding food. Brother Bear came across a river that was full of salmon. Brother Bear thought, “Oh man those salmon sure look good. Maybe I could just take a little bite,” but then Brother Bear stopped himself, he knew he couldn’t harm one of those delicious, tender, sweet looking salmon. So with that, Brother Bear ran away from that river as fast as his gigantic paws could carry him.

 

The next day, Brother Bear was taking a stroll through the forest trying to take the thought of those salmon out of his mind. Apparently Brother Bear wasn’t to good about remembering where things were. So yet again Brother Bear ended up by the river just over-flowing with salmon. As soon as Brother Bear’s eyes set upon those delicious looking salmon, he was hypnotized by their untamed beauty. Then Brother Bear started to shake his head to get that sight out of his mind. Brother Bear was astonished he was even thinking about harming one of those innocent salmon. Brother Bear high-tailed right out of there back into his cozy den.

Brother Bear was fed up with this salmon madness. It was time to put a stop to it. Brother Bear was going to march right over to that river, and show those salmon who’s boss. The results were not what Brother Bear was hoping for. He yet again hypnotized by those salmon, and was running back to the safety of his den. Brother Bear tried the next day, and the next day, and the next day, but failed over and over again. About three weeks later, Brother Bear was feeling good about himself, and tried yet again to persuade those salmon to knock it off. Unfortunately when Brother Bear reached the river, the growls of his stomach started to get the best of him. This time Brother Bear had gone to deep into the depths of his mind. The salmon all looked like they were chanting, “Eat me, eat me, eat me!” Brother Bear started to look around, making sure no one was here. Then with a quick slash with his paw he had a mouth-watering salmon in his paw. Brother Bear looked around again just to make sure, and took a big bite out of the salmon. A blast of flavor hit Brother Bear’s taste buds, it was the most delicious thing he had ever put in his mouth. But then, the world went black. Brother Bear looked up at the sky and knew he had done something terribly wrong.

Brother Bear scampered into his den, trying to hide from the Great Spirit while all the other animals were thinking, “What is going on?” The animals then realized the Great Spirit had put a giant, black blanket around the earth. All the animals gathered around a tree where Eagle was perched. Eagle thought he was ¬†one of the most important animals of them all and he thought that he had a very strong relationship between the Great Spirit. “Settle down, settle down,” called Eagle,”I shall break through that black blanket that the Great Spirit has put over the earth and will persuade him to lift the blanket.” Eagle soon started to flap his great big wings and he started to go higher and higher, and when Eagle was about to break through the blanket, he realized how tired he was and started to glide slowly down to the animals. Upon another tree there was Hawk, watching from above. Hawk thought he was something along the lines of, second in command. Hawk thought to himself, “Now that Eagle has failed, this is my chance to show who the best is.” Unfortunately, Hawk did the exact same thing as Eagle did. He flew higher, and higher, and higher, but just when Hawk was about poke his beak into the blanket, he was completely pooped, and glided back to his perch.

Raven, cardinal, robin, and condor tried, and tried, and tried, but resulted in failing. And then a tiny voice came from the large group of animals. All the animals looked around but couldn’t see who the voice was coming from. Then the animals looked down and saw a teeny tiny hummingbird. “Excuse me, excuse me. I could do it,” said Hummingbird. The animals just stared Hummingbird for a while, then the animals started to laugh! They laughed so hard that there were tears in their eyes! Those animals thought someone so small could never reach that blanket. Hummingbird was furious, he thought, “I’ll show em’, yeah I’ll show em’ all!” With that Hummingbird raised his wings, and started to flap his wings as hard as he could, and started to rise. Hummingbird was now zooming through the air, and all of a sudden he stopped. Hummingbird was just hanging in the air without flapping his wings. This caught the animals’ attention, they realized that Hummingbird’s beak had gotten stuck in the blanket. Hummingbird pulled free with a yank and a beam of sunlight came through the tiny hole Hummingbird had made. Hummingbird came back down to the ground and the animals cheered, but Hummingbird wasn’t finished yet. Hummingbird started to flap his wings as hard as he could, and started to rise yet again into the air.

Hummingbird did it again, and again, and again, but he just kept making tiny holes with beams of sunlight coming from them. All the animals were chanting, “Hummingbird, Hummingbird, Hummingbird!” Sadly Hummingbird was exhausted and thirsty, but he pressed on. Hummingbird raised his 3 inch long wings in the air and started to flap as hard as he could. If you were far away you would probably mistake Hummingbird as a distant jet. Hummingbird was going as fast as a rocket, he was almost there and… RRRRIIP! Hummingbird had made a gigantic hole in the blanket. The animals waited for Hummingbird to come back down, but he didn’t come. The animals waited and waited until finally Hummingbird came soaring back to the ground. One of the animals asked Hummingbird, “Well?” Hummingbird was waiting for that question, so he answered with; “The Great Spirit shall lift the blanket!” exclaimed Hummingbird with triumphant power in his squeaky little voice. The animals cheered with such enthusiasm that the ground shook. But the celebrating was interrupted by another one of Hummingbird’s messages, “However, the Great Spirit will keep the blanket off for only half of each day, the rest of the day we’ll be engulfed in that blanket yet again. The Great Spirit is doing this because when the blanket is covering us, we’ll all remember what Brother Bear did, and for when the blanket has been taken off, we’ll all remember the heroic deed I did for you. Those were the true words of the Great Spirit, he is doing what is right and I respect that. Now ask yourself, where would we be, without the Great Spirit.”

Did you notice that the tiny little holes that Hummingbird was making were the stars, and the blanket was the night sky. And did you notice that the huge hole that Hummingbird made was the moon. Now I believe there is a lesson is this story. And I believe the lesson is, don’t underestimate the skills and talent from anybody. Everybody has there own strengths and weaknesses, but that’s what makes us, us.