The Story Finder

Voices in Fairy Tales

by Michelle Tocher

Story finder - Curly

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Atchuwitlas the Face-Changer

I had been expecting the young man who came to me with his ruined, scarred face. I knew he would want a face-change. I suspected that the freckled mask hanging on my wall would be the right fit for him, so I took it down and hid it. Then I showed him all the other faces on the wall. None of them pleased him. I took the freckled face out of its hiding place. “This one will fit you,” I said. I took off his old face and put on the new face. Then I warned him to return by the very same path that he took to find me.

I knew he would lose his way.

Atchuwitlas the Face-Changer in The Face-Changer, from The Corn Goddess and Other Tales from Indian Canada by Diamond Jenness, 1956.