No sooner had they started the dance than they began to be lifted upwards, their feet leaving the ground while they were going around the tree. They went on dancing, and still higher in the air they ascended. Looking around, the old woman saw them dancing high up above the tree, while their leader was beating the drum. The matron looked again. As they were getting still higher, she ran to the tree with something for them to eat. Too late! they did not listen to her. Now, indeed, she was willing to give them food. So she cried out and asked them to come and eat. But they would not even notice her, and continued their dancing while moving upwards. In the end, the old woman gave up in despair and wept.
The seven stars which nowadays we see in a cluster high above
are, in truth, the very same boys who were thus dancing together [long
ago]. They were not given anything to eat: that is why. They became the
Hutiwatsija, 'the Cluster,' which we now see [in the sky].
The following is Mary McKee's version, recorded in June, 1911,
at Amherstburg, Essex Co., Ont.: "A long time ago, so I was told, seven
brothers went away, and they appeared in the sky as the seven stars. The
seven brothers were thereafter known as the seven stars."