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THE FRETFUL PORCUPINE

In the woods of Poconic there once roamed a very discontented Porcupine. He was forever fretting. He complained that everything was wrong, till it was perfectly scandalous, and the Great Spirit, getting tired of his grumbling, said:

“You and the world I have made don’t seem to fit. One or the other must be wrong. It is easier to change you. You don’t like the trees, you are unhappy on the ground and think everything is upside down, so I ’ll turn you inside out and put you in the water.”

This was the origin of the Shad.