The Child of Tears


Igis and Q'os are trying to have a child without success. Frog comes upon Igis crying in the forest, and she tells her to visit Dzunukwa, the witch of the forest. Dzunukwa takes Igis' tears and combines them with mud to create a little boy, Klundux. Igis and Q'os are happy, but the people mistreat Klundux because he is different, and he runs away. Dzunukwa returns to the village and takes all the children away. With raven's help the people track Dzunukwa to her home where they find the children playing happily, learning the secrets of the forest. She allows them to take the children but only if they return in the summer to visit, which is why it rains in spring before summer returns.