A Lakota Legend
Many moons ago when the world was still very young, the plant and animal life was enjoying the beautiful summer weather. But as the days went by, autumn set in, and the weather became colder with each passing day.
The grass and flower folk were in a sad condition, for they had no protection from the sharp cold. Just when it seemed that there was no hope for living, He who looks after the things of His creation came to their aid. He said that the leaves of the trees should fall to the ground, spreading a soft, warm blanket over the tender roots of the grass and flowers. To repay the trees for the loss of their leaves, He allowed them one last bright array of beauty.
This is why, each year, during Indian summer the trees take on their pretty farewell colors of red, gold, and brown. After this final display they turn their appointed task – covering the Earth with a thick rug of warmth against the chill of winter.