Rainbow Dancer Finds Her Man
There was a young girl in my tribe who was known as Rainbow Dancer. A beautiful girl, popular with everyone, several young braves hoped that she would choose one of them.
She always wore the finest leathers. She plaited her hair so neatly and tightly and interwove it with ribbons of cloth that she had dyed different colours. Rainbow Dancer was waiting. She knew she must wait for the right man, as none of the young men in the tribe appealed to her. Her mother had told her that when the right man came she would feel it in her belly. She did not understand her mother’s words, but she was happy to believe her.
At tribal gatherings when the dances were in full swing, Rainbow Dancer was aloof. Unlike her name suggested, she never wished to dance. As a young child she had danced a lot, but somehow it had lost its appeal to her. Perhaps because when she showed that she was willing to dance she had the problem of dealing with all the young braves who wished to be chosen by her. She had decided it was easier not to bother.
Several years went by. All of the girls of a similar age found husbands amongst the tribe, but Rainbow Dancer was adamant. She felt nothing in her heart and nothing in her belly.
One day two young men stumbled into the camp. One of them was wounded. He had been trampled by buffalo in a stampede. Somehow they had lost their way and their companions had gone on, not realising that Standing Tree was wounded. Rainbow Dancer’s mother was first to see the young man. She dressed his wounds and made him a comfortable place to rest in a tepee adjacent to her own.
Rainbow Dancer helped her mother to look after the young man. He was in a lot of pain and developed a raging fever. It took a lot of skilled use of herbs and patient watching and waiting before Standing Tree was able to speak. Every movement was painful to him. Rainbow Dancer mopped his brow and dabbed his wounds with the herbal medicine.
After four days the young man came out of his delirium. He turned towards Rainbow Dancer who had hardly left his side. He smiled the most beautiful smile and whispered “Thank you.”
Rainbow Dancer felt her heart lurch. She knew that the thing she most wanted in the world was for Standing Tree to recover.
Gradually he became strong again. Rainbow Dancer helped him to walk around the camp to get used to using his limbs again. She noticed that when she touched him she could feel a current of energy flow through her body. She began to feel warmth in her heart, and just as her mother had told her, she felt the stirring of excitement in her belly. This was the man for her, her body told her so. Standing Tree felt the same way. When he had completely recovered he told Rainbow Dancer that he must return to his tribe, but that he would come back for her very soon, which he did.
He brought with him a token of his love for her and asked her father if he could take her to join his own tribe. Rainbow dancer’s father agreed and the couple had a happy life together.