This is a tale from the Tukuna Tribe in the Amazon Rain Forest, about a dangerously confusing world of trees, vines and angry creatures who keep changing shape.
It is also about a girl and a beautiful blue butterfly called a Morpho.
Collected by Curt Nunuendaju in The Tukuna, published by University of California Press, and retold by Aaron Shepard.
Meet the storyteller
Jill Lamède, The Tintagel Storyteller, lives in the magical birthplace of King Arthur, and may often be found telling tales on the cliffs above Tintagel Castle. Having been an actress all her life, she only discovered storytelling some 25 years ago and realised she had found her true calling at last. In ancient days tiny Tintagel was a major port – excavations have found pottery fragments from all over the Mediterranean and even further East. The stories that would have been heard in the taverns would be the ones told by the visiting sailors and merchants – so these are the tales Jill loves to tell.