Tell the Great and Fearless

The Kaniwa tribe in the deep Amazon rain forests has never been contacted by modern man until Sir Wolf Sureblade and his friends Sir William Cunningham, Sir Amara Swiftblade, and Sir Grace Wachinga arrive to help them relocate far from the massive gold deposits that threaten their way of life.

The hunter Upatu and his cousins the Shaman Pell and the huntress Losau accompany the knights. Over many a campfire during their trek to a new land, he entertains the knights with stories from the Kaniwa oral tradition of their creation and their laws for the conduct of living. Lady Amara records the stories Upatu tells. The first volume she has collected contain the stories of Tell the great hunter of legend. Having found her unpublished manuscript I am presenting it in its unedited form.

Tell the Fearless, Greatest Hunter of Kaniwa Legend and Song Chapter 1 - Tell and the Great Jaguar

The fellowship joked amongst themselves and Upatu said, "In the ancient lore, there were many great hunters; Tell was the biggest and strongest of all the Kaniwa; he could eat a whole capybara without help, even the hair, bones, and claws, everything. While hunting boar, he encountered Pumba, a great jaguar, also hunting the same boar. Tell offered to share the boar when he killed it, but Pumba wanted the boar for himself and told Tell to go away. Tell is not a fool and knew if he turned away, he would become the Pumba's next meal. He told the jaguar to go away and not bother him with silliness. The jaguar did not like this and attacked Tell. They started the dance of death; one would live, but the other would die. The jaguar gathered the hunter into a hug with his front legs, digging his claws into Tell's back. Tell kept his arms free and grabbed the beast's mouth, pulling it open. Pumba roared and did not let go of Tell."

"I've never heard of Tell," whined Pell.

"This happened a long time ago, when Aman was young."

"But…"

"Do you want to hear what happened?" Upatu asked.

"Yes." Pell fell silent.

Upatu continued, "Tell wanted the jaguar to let go and he would teach the unruly animal a lesson he would not forget, so he opened the beast's mouth wider and wider."

"But, Pumba's teeth would cut Tell's fingers off," Losau said.

"Tell grabbed Pumba's lips, for it is well known that a jaguar has soft lips. The animal complained with a mighty roar."

"I didn't know," Wachinga said, with a sly grin.

"Everyone knows," Pell said, not so sure of herself.

Upatu continued. "Tell pulled and pulled, and Pumba dug his claws harder and harder into the hunters back. Tell became weary of the fight so he pulled the lips back over Pumba's head, peeling his skin like a banana. When he reached the front legs, the animal could no longer dig into his back. The jaguar, feeling bad, let go of the hunter and ran away."

Amara, having heard enough asked, "So he left his skin?"

"Yes, he left it all. The jaguar now has no skin, but Tell has a new soft loincloth, his wives have loincloths, and his children have loincloths. Tell has a happy family, and Pumba is happy he is not roasting over Tell's hearth."