(A Native American “Cinderella”)
This Native American version of "Cinderella," "Oochigeaskw—The Rough-Faced Girl" was originally told in the Algonquin language and written by the Mic Mac Indian people of North America. They lived in the Eastern Woodland and in the northern area of present-day Canada. There was once lived a great Native American warrior with extraordinary power. He could make himself invisible to many except to his sister. Any girl in the village who could see him might marry him. His sister has tested many girls if they could really see him. Some will say no, and some will say yes that they actually see him. She asked those that who could see him by quizzing them and keep on failing by giving the wrong answer. One day in the nearby village, lived an old man with three daughters. Their mother had died years ago. One of the older daughters was cruel to her younger sister who was more beautiful than her. For that reason the wicked sister was very jealous of her charms and was mean to her. She always made her younger sister do everything even though she’s weak and often ill. While the other sister was kinder and always on her side. At some point, the wicked sister burnt the younger sister’s face and arms, and she got the name of Oochigaeaskw, the rough faced girl, because of her scars. The two older sisters decided one day to visit the Invisible One and dressed in the finest cloths and jewelry. The two sisters met the Invisible One’s sister and asked the two girls if they could see her Invisible brother. They replied "Yes." Just like the others, the sister asked two questions and the two girls got the answers wrong and they were sent away. One day, Oochigeaskw wanted to give it a try and whether she could see the Invisible One. But she doesn’t have the finest clothes and jewelries. So she begged her sisters for some wampum shells. She got a pair of her father’s old moccasins and made a dress out of sheets of birch bark and started on her way. During her trip, people were mocking her because of her appearance. She finally met the sister and asked her if she had seen the Invisible One. She said, "Yes". Then his sister asked her what his bow and his sled were made of. Oochigeaskw said his bow was made of a rainbow and his sled was made of stars. She was correct and the Invisible One’s sister took Oochigeaskw home. She bathed her and all her scars and burns disappeared and her hair grew back again and was very long and black. The Invisible One saw the inner beauty of Oochigeaskw and married her and they lived happily ever after.