This fable is a story of revenge, deceit, magic, and other wondrous events, with a final pathos: "standing for a few moments over the body of their slain father, [the daughters] sang the death-song, and danced the death-dance, whirling in giddy circles about the dead hero, and wailing with despair, until they sank down and expired."

This fable of the origin of the echo is classic theme in the role of fable as teacher. These mocking cries of witches domiciliated in snake skins are the real source of the echoes, so say the Ute.