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times change their shape and appearance, and that a

man who has put away the stone or the snake found

in the entrails of a deer will be astonished, next day,

to find in its place a bean, or a grain of corn, or

sometimes the beak of a raven, or the talons of an

eagle,— as if that Aaskouandy, or familiar Demon,

transformed himself, and took pleasure in [no] thus

deceiving men by those metamorphoses. But these

myths are believed because they are frequently

related, each one saying that he heard it from

another, and not one that he has seen it himself,—

except some impostors who say it to acquire credit,

to make their Aaskouandy more highly thought of,

and to be able to sell it very dear.

will make

They believe that these Aaskouandy

them lucky in the chase, in fishing, in trade, or at

play ; and they say that some have a general virtue

for all those things, but that the virtue of the others

is limited to a certain thing, and does not extend to

another; and that, to know what their virtue is,—

namely, in what they bring good fortune,— one must

be told of it in a dream.

Now it is a quite common practice for those who

have these Aaskouandy to give them a feast from

time to time,— as if, by giving a feast in honor of

that familiar Demon, they make him more propitious

to them. At other times, they will invoke him in

their songs, and will beg their friends also to join

them, and to help them in those prayers.

There is a certain kind of charm [in] which they

call Onniont, and which they believe to have still

greater virtue. They say that this Onniont is a

sort of serpent, of almost the shape of the armored

Fish, 9 and that this serpent pierces everything that

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