Hollow Log Trip
While floating down the river the hollow log is intercepted and/or the hero captured and detained by the Pueblos, water monster, frog, and others. The Supernaturals who have launched the hero guide and protect him on this journey. He evades the Pueblos when they try to catch the log with ropes, or a storm is sent to drive them off. He is stopped by water monster and makes offerings to be released, or he is captured and released only when Black God threatens to set fire to water monster's under water abode. Water people pull the log under water and take the hero through water monster's guards and down through four chambers of his house; here Black God and water sprinkler come to rescue him. In a similar incident frog hides the hero in his under water home; he wraps him in water slime, puts him on a shelf in the back room, and denies his presence until threatened by Black God's fire; when frog yields the hero, water sprinkler puts out the fire. In other versions the hero also meets frog, who warns him of disease contracted by those who enter the water and the proper offerings for its counteraction, or when passing the dam of turtle and frog people with the proper offerings frog reads his thoughts about his ugliness, big eyes, rough skin, swollen throat, thin legs, and the smoke issuing from his warts. Elsewhere on the trip the log becomes stuck and is pried loose by fringe mouths; it is stopped by various water people who demand offerings (beaver, otter, fish, water coyote, turtle and frog people); or even the Supernaturals who are accompanying the hero mischievously detain him by trees planted close to the water's edge and will not free the log until they receive offerings. When the log sinks into mud, water sprinkler sends a too generous rainstorm to float it and has to be stopped by other Supernaturals. Pg. 169, Plume Way.