THE WELL-BAKED MAN
The Magician had made the world but felt that something was
missing. "What could it be?" he thought. "What could be missing?"
Then it came to him that what he wanted on this Earth was some
beings like himnself, but not just animals. "How will I make them?"
he thought. First he built himself a horno, an oven. Then he took
some clay and formed it into a shape like himself.
Now Coyote was hanging around the way he usually does, and when
Magician, who was Man Maker, was off gathering firewood, Coyote
quickly changed the shape of that clay image. Man Maker built a
fire inside the Horno, then put the image in without looking at it
After a while th Magician said : "He must be ready now." He
took the image and breathed on it, whereupon it came to life. "Why
don't you stand up?" said Man Maker. "Whats wrong with you?" The
creature barked and wagged its tail. "Ah, oh my, Coyote has tricked
me," he said. "Coyote changed my being into an animal like himself."
Coyote said,"Well, whats wrong with it? Why can't I have a pretty
creature that pleases me?"
"Oh my, well, all right, but don't interfere again," And thats
why we have the dog; it was Coyote's doing.
So Man Maker tried again. "They should be companions to each
other," he thought. "I shouldn't make just one." He shaped some
humans who were rather like himself and identical to each other in
"Whats wrong here?" Man Maker was thinking. Then he saw. "Oh my,
that won't do. How can they increase? So he pulled, and poked and
added some pleasant feelings into them. "Ah, now its good. Now they
will be able to do all the necessary things to make more." He put
them in the Horno to bake.
"They're done now," Coyote told him. SO Man Maker took them out
and made them come to life.
"Oh my, whats wrong?" he said. "They're underdone, they're not
brown enough. They don't belong here - they belong across the water
someplace." He scowled at Coyote. "Why did you tell me they were
done? I can't use them here."
So the Magician tried again, making a pair like the last and
placing them in the oven. After a while he said: "I think they're
"No, they aren't done yet," said Coyote. "You don't want them to
comne out too light again; leave them in a little longer."
"Well, all right," replied Man Maker. They waited, and then he
took them out. "Oh my. Whats wrong? They are overdone. They're all
burned too dark." He put them aside. "Maybe I can use them some
other place across the water. They don't belong here."
For the fourth time Man Maker placed his images inside the oven.
"Now, don't interfere," he said to Coyote," you give me bad advice.
Leave me alone."
This time the Magician did not listen to Coyote but took them
out when he himself thought they were done. He made them come to
life, and the two beings walked around, talked, laughed and behaved
in a seemly fashion. They were neither underdone nor overdone.
"THese are exactly right," said Man Maker. "These really belong
here; these I will use. They are beautiful." SO that's why we have
the Pueblo Indians.