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At the moment of his death, the Mountain Lion probably wished he had picked another quarry. Because as a result of losing the fight, the Lion's tanned hide had adorned Winter Fox's lodge for many winters. On a ghostly cliff, the "Spirit of the Lion" heard the words and growled into the Wind. "I have been made into a rug in exchange for a finger and ear … bad trade! If I had known Winter Fox was such a vicious fighter I would have picked someone else to try and eat,” said the Spirit of the Mountain Lion. The Wind heard the words, felt sympathy for the Lion, and wanting to console the spectral animal he said “imagine the freedom you have now, without being hindered by a body of flesh. Where ghost Lions go to hunt, there are also ghost racoons and weasels, so the stalking will be good.” Winter Fox seemed to be thrilled by the inevitable pleasure he would soon receive for finishing off Big Bear. He closed the gap, raised his tomahawk, and delivered the final strike to his Iroquois enemy. His tomahawk opened skull to misty air. Big Bear admitted internally that he would not see another morning and vowed, “My attacker has also seen his last.” Unfortunately vows cannot block a stone club, or a tomahawk swung in a violent arc and aimed with crushing force at your temple. There was no shortage in the amount of rage Winter Fox put forth in hitting Big Bear. The strike was delivered with as much force as possible. Winter Fox had been told by his scouts that just two days earlier, one of his children had been killed by an Iroquois scouting party led by Big Bear. The tragedy had occurred when the enemy scouts had trespassed on Ojibwa land, hoping to take pelts and collect ill-gotten food stores. Winter Fox’s expression of violence was so well magnified and focused that it easily matched the transgression committed to his family. “Now I will have my revenge for my son, as well as for the slaughter of my allies.” The Iroquois had a history of moving silently into the land of another tribe and hiding until the moment was right then striking small villages. For this reason the Ojibwa’s had given them the name “Big Serpents”. Winter Fox was not a man to allow snakes into his lodge, and if you crossed his people, or harmed someone he loved…well then you better be prepared to be hounded for the rest of your wretched life. 19

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