in ancient times when the people were more pure and could converse
with the animals and the Creator would visit with them, the people
asked the Creator for something that was 'sweet' to the taste. So
the Creator sent the Bee, but the Bee had no stinger. Down came the
Bee and it found a suitable tree in which they could build their hive,
live in, produce honey, multiply and feed its young. Soon the people
came to the Bee and asked forsome of the sweet syrup and the Bee gave
each person a container full. The people loved the syrup and greedily
ate it, then went back to the Bee for more.
the Bee replied, 'I have no more to give you for a while. You will
have to wait.' The people were not happy, as they craved the sweet
syrup. So they called upon the Creator, saying, 'the Bee does not
give us enough of the golden syrup. We want more!!!'
The Creator listened and sent down the
Flower People. The Flower People began to spread all types of flowers
across the land giving the Bees greater access and variety of flowers
to pollinate and make more honey. The Flower People spread all kinds
of beautiful wild flowers around to attract the Bees; bright blue,
red, orange, purple and yellow. More Bees were created to help pollinate
the flowers. The hive grew to be very large. The people seeing how
big the hive was went to get more of the sweet syrup. So the Bees
gave all the syrup to the people but left enough to feed their young.
The people devoured the syrup and wanted more. The Bee responded,
'We don't have anymore, you will have to wait.'
people were angry and asked the Flower People to make more flowers
so they could have more of the golden syrup to eat. The Flower People
responded, 'We made all the flowers we could and they are all pollinated.
You will have to wait until Spring.' 'No, said the people, 'We want
more now!!' So they went back to the bee's hive and tore it apart
killing almost all of the Bees and taking the syrup. The remaining
Bees were angry. They asked the Creator what to do. The Creator
was also annoyed at the behavior of the people, so he told the Flower
People to create some 'briar bushes' and for the Bees to eat the
Bees did as the Creator said, they ate the briars and these were
transformed into stingers. The Flower People created an entire briar
patch around the Bee's tree. The next day, the people came back
and started toward the Bee's hive for more syrup; but the briars
around the tree scratched and tore at their bodies. Some of the
people made it through the briars to the hive. Covered in welts,
they yelled at the Bees, 'Give us some more syrup now, or we will
do the same as we did yesterday, kill your young and destroy your
home!' The Bees became angry and a loud hum came from the hive in
the tree, and out they swarmed. The Bees stung the people all over
until they were covered in welts and sent them running.
After that day, the people treated the
Bees, flowers, and plants with great respect and always promised
to replace whatever they asked for and never be greedy or take more
than they needed.