As the endless stream of racing animals moved madly on, lo and behold! The path of the racers sank crazily under their combined weight. Within the circle of racing animals a bulge appeared, strangely rising out of the ground. At first it was only a small mound. But suddenly, the earth quivered and groaned like a huge animal in pain. The mound rose faster and faster, and higher and higher. Then, with a thunderous roar, it burst open. Flames and dense smoke rose skyward, carrying fire and debris. Rock and ashes pelted the racers.

The animal racers lay dead in their tracks, covered with smoldering ashes and lava. The epic race of the ages ended in a Wakipa (a curse inflicted by the Great Spirit). So say the Lakota legends.

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