Published on January 17, 2013 by Casey
As with any legend there are many versions to this story. This version was written after consulting a number of written sources on Menominee Legends.
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One day long ago Rabbit was walking through the forest. He saw Owl sitting on a branch of a tree. There were bits of light coming through the trees but it was hard for Rabbit to see. Rabbit asked Owl why he liked it so dark. Rabbit told Owl he didn’t like the dark and he was going to make it bright like the daylight.
Owl told Rabbit that if he was powerful enough to do it. Owl told Rabbit that they should have a contest to see who could make it dark or light all the time.
Rabbit and Owl called together all of the birds and animals to witness. Rabbit and Owl explained to the animals what they were trying to do. Some of the animals wanted Rabbit to win but didn’t know if they wanted it to be light all of the time. Some of the animals wanted Owl to win so it could stay dark all of the time.
The contest began. Rabbit repeated “Light, Light” and Owl repeated “Night, Night.” The trick was not to repeat the other’s words. If they repeated the wrong word they would lose.
Rabbit and Owl kept on saying their words. The animals were cheering them on. All of a sudden Owl said “Light” and lost the contest.
Rabbit was the winner and he had his wish for daylight. He decided to let there be night as well for the benefit of all the animals. This made everyone happy.