“The Changer is impatient this mornin’.”
“The Changer?” Cory asked curiously.
It was Uncle Jasper that answered, his voice serious. “Coyote—he’s the Changer. Before the coming of the white men there were my own people here. But before them the Old People, the animals. Only they were not as they are today. No, they lived in tribes, and were the rulers of the world.”
“But the Changer,” Ned cut in, “he never wanted things to be the same. It was in him to change them around.”
“Only he tried a last change,” Uncle Jasper took up the story again, “and it was the Great Spirit who defeated him. When enough time passes and the white man puts an end to the world through his muddlin’, then the Changer will return and turn the world over so the People, the animals, will rule again.”
“When,” Cory asked, “is he supposed to turn the world over?”
Uncle Jasper smiled. “Well, you may just be alive to see it, son.”