The Legend of the Kingfisher
A Salish story of Chef-Eth, origin unknown
Along the river there was a camp where lived many birds. They lived on land and in the trees,
and ate berries, bugs and worms.
Sometimes they talked about others who did not live as they did, and said things about them. About Kingfisher they said: "He is a careless bird, flying away from home all the time. He
surely can't take care of his family."
One day, Kingfisher heard this and he stopped and said: "You only feed yourself. See, I
bring home a fish every day for my wife and family, and never have trouble at home. That
is my way of living."